Bristol City veteran Louis Carey not too old to learn from Sean O'Driscoll
Bristol City veteran Louis Carey insists he is not too old to learn from new head coach Sean O'Driscoll.
At 36-years-of age, Carey is fast approaching the end of a career that already spans best part of two decades.
And having served under 11 different managers during his time at Ashton Gate, the Bristolian is more experienced than any other player in the City dressing room.
Yet he claims he and his team-mates have learned more working with O'Driscoll over the last week than in the previous 12 months.
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He told The Post: "You take note and you learn from all managers. But I would say the players here have learned more in the last week than in the previous 12 months.
"Sean O'Driscoll is totally different from anyone I have worked with before.
"I work on a lot of the mental aspects of playing sport myself these days and he has come in and stressed the importance of paying attention, learning and taking things on board.
"He has shown us a different way of looking at football, something I don't think any of us have experienced before.
"As an approach to the game, it is intriguing and very different and it could help us get out of trouble this season.
"He encourages you to think differently about things and there are things that happen in a game that he would interpret differently from anyone else.
"It is a different angle and something the lads should all be open to. It is not so much about what you do as how you think about the game."
O'Driscoll consulted a number of senior players between taking charge and naming a team for his first game in charge at Leeds United last weekend.
Carey revealed: "He has come in and asked us what has been lacking. A lot of us have told him about a lack of organisation.
"We were certainly organised at Leeds and were able to do the simple things well. More importantly, we were able to do those things as a unit rather than as individuals.
"There was never a situation where one defender would drop and other three stay up, or three drop and one stay up.
"We did everything as a group of 11 and that is what made the difference.
"When you come in as a manager and have a way you want the team to play, everyone has to know what that is. I thought everyone knew their role, whether they started or came off the bench."
During his brief time at the helm, O'Driscoll has preached the benefits of working as a collective, encouraging the players to stick together and operate as a unit while taking individual responsibility.
Carey explained: "He encourages you to think for yourself and take responsibility.
"If you have just made a pass, don't just stand there, move. If a team-mate has the ball, make sure you give him two or three options.
"Everyone has to move and be aware of the situation when we are in possession.
"When we don't have the ball, he wants us to know when to shut down and when to close ranks together rather than everyone run around like lunatics.
"All of those things will benefit us in the long run."