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Joey Barton could be right about Fergie

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Barton, who is known to be a very controversial midfielder through his antics on and off of the field.

The 31-year-old, who spoke at Stamford Bridge when Greg Dyke announced his committee to help England win an international cup, stated that Sir Alex Ferguson was a great manager, but a not so great coach.

He said this at the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge:

"We don't honour coaches in this country, we honour managers, we love managers.

"I am not here to disrespect Fergie. He is a great manager, the icon, the pinnacle of British management.

"But he couldn't put on a coaching session to save his life. I've spoken to people about him and he can barely lay out cones. This is not a coach, this is a manager.

"This is the difference - there is a big, big difference between a coach and a manager."

He has a valid point.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been hailed as the English Premier League's best manager, and the longest serving at any club, after his retirement in which Arsene Wenger is now the longest serving manager for a single club.

He has been praised and hailed by many media outlets, pundits and players alike as being a great manager because he's adaptable, has the ability to win trophies, has a strong transfer policy, a good youth policy, uses veterans and is calm under pressure. You could list a thousand reasons as to why he's a good manager.

But can we list ten as to why he's a good coach?

You could easily argue that Fergie is one of the greatest managers the world has ever seen, just like Joey Barton said.

But at any club, there are managers and there are coaches, usually the managers assist in coaching with their footballing experience but it did not seem that Fergie did so.

His record at any club is one not to be scoffed at, and he is a man not to be taken lightly, but he had his work cut out for him, all he had to do was assemble the team, make the transfers and throw together the tactics.

I mean no offense to Sir Alex Ferguson, as I do agree that he is one of the most successful managers to grace the Premier League with his presence, but not a good coach.

There is a big difference between being a coach and being a manager. A coach gets stuck in, gets involved with the players and helps them out, where as the manager handles the teams affairs and makes the transfers, settles the contracts and the rest of it.

As mentioned above, managers can and most likely will get involved with the training sessions but with the coaching staff available at a club as prestigious as Manchester United, it is deemed unlikely that Ferguson would have needed to do much in order to be deemed successful, and it showed on the field, his team were very successful and is shown by the team, and his collection of silverware alike.

His presence at Manchester United now shows how influential his success is.

At Manchester United they have a First Team Coach, and coaches for various other places, I just do not see how Ferguson really needed to get involved with such a spectacular coaching background at the club. He probably didn't get involved to begin with.

Joey Barton said that he is one of the best managers, but not one of the best coaches, and that he couldn't even lay down a cone.

I would disagree with the fact that he couldn't lay down a cone, and it's probably true that he can, indeed lay down a cone, but perhaps not coach as well as he can manage.

Think about it this way. Sir Alex Ferguson is the CEO of the Manchester United team, not the chairman of the club, but the CEO of the team, and the coaches are his back-room staff.

They do all the hard work and give the statistics and the data, who's performed better than who, how the other team will play and what they will do exactly, and all he has to do is pick the best starting line up and bench, tactics and field them.

I'm not saying this is applicable for just Sir Alex Ferguson, as it would be for many other managers and probably is. One man can't be labelled a legend without having some critique from players, media outlets, pundits and nobodies, such as myself.

But yes, evidently I do agree with what Barton has said, all of it. His words speak truth, to me at least and have struck me to say that I do agree with the English midfielder who has only capped once for his nation.

There's a good and a bad side to everything, his good side is that he was a fantastic manager with a team used to winning trophies, and the downside was he was probably not the best coach.

Sir Alex Ferguson should be hailed, like many have correctly hailed him already, as a fantastic manager only, and should not be praised for his coaching abilities, because most of it has been done by the coaching staff at Manchester United.

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