Joey Barton: ‘Ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t coach to save his life’

Posted by - October 10, 2013 - All News, Manchester United, QPR

QPR midfielder Joey Barton says Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t coach to save his life.

The former Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder used the former Manchester United boss as an example of the difference between managers and coaches. He reckons coaches are undervalued in England.

He said: “We rate managers but we don’t rate coaches in this country. I don’t mean to disrespect Sir Alex Ferguson – he was a great manager but he couldn’t put on a coaching session to save his life.

“He couldn’t even put out the cones. There is a big difference between a coach and a manager.”

Barton was speaking at the Leaders In Football conference at Stamford Bridge, but later took to Twitter to defend his points.

He said: “Funny how mindless imbeciles take a analytical, factual comment and entwine it with bullsh*t to sensationalise it.

“Anyone who thinks Fergie was a great coach is mistaken. He was a great manager. One of, if not the best these shores have ever seen.”