SEEING that Saints’ game this weekend was away to Leeds United brought back many memories to me, from way back when I was a coach at Sheffield Wednesday.

Our manager, Alan Brown, would send us off when there were big midweek games anywhere and I am talking about when Leeds United were the biggest club in the top flight – with their games in Europe.

Their manager was the legend Don Revie, who always made sure that young coaches and managers were always put into good seats and a room together.

Win, lose or draw, he always made a point in coming in at the end of the game to welcome you and have a chat.

I had a close friend in the team of course, Jack Charlton, who I had first come across when I was on a coaches’ course.

I found when I arrived I had been put in a room with Jack – presumably because we were both from the north east.

We had the micky taken out of us because of the fact we were both speaking broad Geordie at meal times!

Jack was brought up again recently in an article I read with one of his legendary players, Eddie Gray.

Eddie apparently still lives in the area, attends all Leeds games and was asked to comment on the fact that Leeds had sacked Marcelo Bielsa.

But after his comments on that, the article also included his time as a player, then coach and manager on a couple of occasions.

When he was playing under Don Revie, they won the league twice and the FA Cup. This is between the 1960s and 70s.

Apparently, he has been voted the third greatest Leeds player of all time. He came via the youth team, reserve team and it is obvious why he is still attached to the club as an ambassador.

He speaks glowingly of Don Revie and said he treated players as a family, rather than separate individuals.

I remember a point Don made that after the first team had finished training, he used to come outside into the car park and set up a five-a-side match for the youngsters.

I could not believe it when I drove over there one day. I had to wait until the five-a-side had finished to get parked!

Eddie also talked about the time Brian Clough took over and he was the complete opposite to Don.

He lasted a very short time and reportedly told Leeds players “you can all throw your medals in the bin”.

The fact that Eddie is still around the club is good. In these days when a lot of the managers probably would not even look at the Revies and Cloughs – he will be able to make sure that the young players are brought up in a similar way to what he was.

It will certainly be interesting to see how Leeds progress.

They certainly had a very bad start to this season, but look as though they are gradually creeping up to a higher position, which Eddie and the rest of the legends who are still around will want it to be.