Dave Bassett insists Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is his own man.
The pair have worked together in the past.
Bassett told The Star: "I'm certainly not a mentor to him. I know and like Chris... he rang me when he was at Halifax all those years ago and they were going into administration.
"And then when he went to Oxford, I used to go and watch them a lot and when they reached the play-off final, he invited me to the hotel the night before to talk to the players.
"He phoned me just before that Leeds game to talk about the psychology side of things... sometimes, I can speak to him two or three times and then not hear from him for six months.
"But I'm there if he wants me. He certainly doesn't owe me anything. I want him to do well and I recommended him for the United job twice. Eventually, we got there and I'm delighted to see him do so well."