Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Give Our Bosses a Break ( Barton

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Give Our Bosses a Break ( Barton

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Byline: By Stuart Rayner

The League Manager's Association is sending out the wrong signals with its hardline stance over Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder, says former Magpies defender Warren Barton.

Premier League rules, supported by the LMA, prevent anyone managing a team unless they hold a Fifa Pro Licence.

Caretaker bosses are permitted to take charge for a maximum of 12 weeks ( meaning Roeder will technically have to stand down after tomorrow's game against West Bromwich Albion.

Although the Magpies will be able to exploit a loophole by giving reserve team coach Tommy Craig the title of manager for the games against Birmingham City and Chelsea, Barton feels it is the wrong attitude to take towards someone who managed West Ham United, was a member of England's coaching staff at the 1998 World Cup and has held a Uefa A licence for six years.

"I can't understand it," he said. "I know Frank Clark (vice-chairman of the LMA) well because I played under him at Leyton Orient but I don't agree with what he's doing.

"We're trying to say we want British managers to come through and they're putting obstacles in the way of people like Glenn Roeder. What they should be saying to him is `We'll help you get your professional licence'.

"It's different if it's an ex-player coming in but we know he can handle the professional side because he did it at West Ham. I just don't understand it."

Roeder has also managed Watford and Gillingham.

As a former chairman of the PFA and a fellow holder of an `A' coaching badge, Barton is well qualified to speak on the matter. The former right-back is worried the league's stance may cause United to look overseas instead.

"I think we turn our back on our own coaches too quickly," he said. "Newcastle might turn to a foreign manager who has got the qualifications. …

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