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Late Newcastle United legend lauded as role model

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that he considered taking over as coach of Barcelona earlier in his career.

The United supremo was speaking at a press conference in Qatar where he was asked to provide his expert opinion on the current Spanish champions, and confessed that he once assessed the possibility of leaving Old Trafford for a stint at the Catalan giants.

Ferguson, who has collected 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns among his numerous accolades, did not provide insight as to when the opportunity to move to the Camp Nou may have potentially arisen, but spoke of his admiration for the philosophy ingrained into the ideals of the club.

He remarked: “Barcelona is the role model. A few years ago, I thought of the possibility of coaching there. It is a model for players and holds a philosophy that I like. It is the model to follow.”

Ferguson spoke for over an hour, during which time he also lavished praise on Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, but added that his personal role model as he delved into management was the late Sir Bobby Robson.

He said: “He [Mourinho] is a great coach and I like him as a person, but for me the perfect example of a coach was Bobby Robson.”

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