Jose Mourinho appeared to take a swipe at Paul Pogba as appeared as a pundit for the first time since being sacked as Manchester United manager.
The Portuguese is not able to speak directly about his dismissal due to a confidentiallity agreement.
But having fallen out with several first-team starts, notably Pogbna, Mourinho alluded to the player power in the Old Trafford dressing room.
He told beIN Sports: “We are not any more in the time where the coach by himself is powerful enough to cope and have a relationship of education and sometimes confrontation with players who are not the best professionals. The coaches nowadays they need a structure.
“A club must have an owner or a president, a CEO or an executive director, a sports director or a football director, and then the manager. This is a structure that can cope with all the problems that modernity is bringing to all of us.
“So, for me a club must be very well organised to cope with these kind of situations, where the manager is only the manager and not the man who is trying to keep the discipline or who is trying to educate the players.
“The phrase I kept with me from Sir Alex Ferguson was, ‘the day a player is more important than the club, goodbye’. Not anymore, not anymore.
“So I think the way to do it is for the players to find a certain balance and the balance has to be created in the relationship between the players and the manager.
“The manager is there to coach them, the manager is not there to keep the discipline at any cost.
“The structure must be made, the structure must be there to protect the manager and for the players to feel that everything is in place and that they are not going to arrive into a situation where they feel more powerful than they used to be.”