One of his biggest regrets was the club not heeding his recommendation for Maddison when he was at Coventry.
He told the Evening Chronicle: "Adam Armstrong was on loan at Coventry City when Tony Mowbray was manager there. I was friendly with Mark Venus and they were desperate to take him back on loan to Coventry.
"James Maddison was there - my scouts were there and they put his name in very strongly to us. Newcastle were in the driving seat to get him because of Armstrong but it never happened.
"You just didn't always know why a deal hadn't been done when you recommended a player."