Barton: No England Golden Generation and Ferguson can’t coach

Joey Barton insisted England have not had a ‘golden generation’ and believes former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson ‘couldn’t put on a coaching session to save his life’, says Sky Sports.

Talking at the Leaders in Football Conference at Stamford Bridge, Barton dismissed the fact that England have any great players that would warrant the title ‘golden generation’.

David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have all been part of the England team in the past decade, but Barton says: “I don’t think we’ve had great players.

People go on about the golden generation,” Barton continued. “I don’t think we’ve had it because they haven’t won anything, so they’re not a golden generation.

England have only won the World Cup on home soil once, going back to 1966, and haven’t reached a final since.

Barton then went on to discuss the difference between a manager, and a coach, “Without getting side-tracked, what I was going to say is we’ve had good players who we’ve given to good coaches, which have mostly been good, foreign coaches, who’ve developed our good players to become better.

He added: “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.”

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