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Ferguson ‘couldn't coach’, claims Barton

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Outspoken English footballer Joey Barton claimed former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson “couldn’t coach” as he called for improvements in coaching standards in the English game.

Barton was discussing how to increase the number of English players playing in the Premier League after Football Association chairman Greg Dyke set up a commission to look into the matter.

“We’re giving good players to mediocre coaches, because we’re not developing coaches,” Barton told the Leaders in Football conference in London on Thursday.

“We don’t honour coaches. We honour managers, we love managers — everyone loves Alex Ferguson.

“I’m not here to disrespect Fergie — great manager, the icon, the pinnacle of British managers — but he couldn’t put on a coaching session to save his life.

“I’ve spoken to people about it. He could barely lay out cones. This is not a coach, this is a manager. This is the difference. There’s a big, big difference between a coach and a manager.” — AFP

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