Townsend told the Daily Mail: "His man-management skills, the way he likes to improve his players, are second to none.
"He doesn't praise you. After I scored against Huddersfield, he doesn't come in and say 'what a great goal'. He'll say 'you didn't make this run in behind, you didn't play this pass, you lost the ball so many times, your defensive position wasn't great'.
"He's always looking to improve you and I definitely appreciate that style of management.
"He's somebody who's not going to fluff you up and give you what you want to hear.
"He's going to try and drag every ounce of talent that you have and try to get the best out of you.
"I've always appreciated that type of manager and I couldn't wait to link up with him again to see how much he can improve me this time."
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