He said: “Where are the Tony Adamses of this world? Someone who can organise the team on the pitch. Someone like Jamie Carragher or John Terry? There aren’t many around.
“They are few and far between. The players don’t talk to each other so much. They talk through computers and send messages.
“Perhaps if we could have message machines during the game saying, ‘Watch your back, there’s a man coming on!’ Or they could Tweet each other. I’m afraid I can’t Tweet anything but they all do.
“Even our kids here are all quiet. It’s just finding those characters. Where are they?
“There aren’t any rough and ready ones who will shout at their team-mates, like Carragher the other week. I thought he was amazing.
“He was walking off in agony with a dislocated shoulder and most players would have said, ‘Get me into the dressing room, quick’.
“But he spots the Greek sub Sotirios Kyrgiakos hasn’t got his gear on and Carragher shouts at him, ‘Get your gear on’.
“He’s more worried about the sub than himself and I’m thinking, where’s that come from? Players like him are a dying breed. These players can be the difference between winning a title or not. When you have people like that, they do it on the pitch for you.
“They see things happening on the pitch and instead of the manager having to shout from the touchline, they can do that job for you. But if you have one like that these days, you are lucky. Only three or four clubs have them.
“We are just producing more quiet footballers. You can’t change kids’ personalities.”