Villa No2 Robertson: More to O’Neill than Clough comparison

Aston Villa No2 John Robertson says comparisons between Martin O'Neill and Brian Clough are unfair.

Both coaches played for Clough at Nottingham Forest.

Robertson told the Daily Mail: "People ask me constantly whether Martin is like Brian Clough. Martin O'Neill is his own man. He is a very good communicator with the players, Clough was very good like that, too.

"With regards to us here at Villa, we have a way. Steve Walford will do most of the day-to-day training. I would say that I watch more than I actually talk out there. Then, I will discuss my thoughts with Martin. And he has the final say because that's his right and that's his job.

"I would hate to let him down. I work on the basis that I won't. You always want to please him. want his respect.

"Even when myself and Kenny Burns were playing together for him at Grantham he would give us a rollocking. He was right to do so, though. We took it. He’s a loyal man. A good friend."

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