TONY Coton says he has no intention of being a 'yes man' to Mick Harford after being confirmed as the interim boss' new assistant.
Coton, 48, spent 11 years as a goalkeeping coach for Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United after a distinguished career as a player for Birmingham City, Watford, Manchester City and Sunderland.
He played alongside Harford at St Andrews in the early 1980s.
Coton told the club website: "I am definitely not that [a 'yes man']- just ask Sir Alex Ferguson.
"I believe that's a reason why I get on so well with people. If you believe in something and you see it, then you've got to say it. That's the way I have been brought up in my coaching career.
"I'm sure Mick and I won't see eye-to-eye on everything, but he has said on numerous occasions that he respects what I know about football and that I am one of the few people he listens to intently on how the game should be played.
"Obviously we will have our falling-outs, but that won't last for long."
Coton added: "Mick and I are very good friends. We have kept in touch over the years. We normally speak two or three times a week and have the same philosophies on how the game should be played.
"He called me and said he needed a hand, and wanted someone he can trust who he gets on well with. This was a big decision for me because I live up in Bolton with my family. But we go back a long way and I am delighted to be here to help."