In all, Del guided the Rocket to many tournament wins and is proud to have been associated with a world class player of such unbelievable natural talent. He is quick to point out that being with Ronnie over the years made him the coach he is today.
Many of the game’s top professionals have sought Del’s help, not least Graeme Dott whose game he transformed into that of a world champion.
Moment of glory for Del and Graeme Dott at The Crucible after the Scot won the world title. Pictures: Eric Whitehead, Snooker Images.
"I have never approached any player to offer my assistance. I’m just a snooker fan with some talent for coaching, and when these stars ask for my advice I feel really honoured," said Del.
So what is Del’s secret? His mantra is Application; Preparation and, not least, Motivation.
He believes they key lies in ‘memory and patterns’ and has devised a set of disciplines which co-ordinate shot practise to such a degree that they become embedded into the memory - providing a ‘fail safe’ under pressure.
"I don't believe in pulling anyone’s game apart – that’s not the way I work. But within five minutes I can get into someone’s cue action, understand their game and then help them get through the ball their way."