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18/03/2011 10:38

Papers: Coyle backs Boss

Coyle: Fergie's ban-tastic
Owen Coyle insists Alex Ferguson's 'irrelevant' touchline ban will not stop them claiming a record-breaking 19th title. Manchester United boss Fergie starts his five-match punishment against Coyle's in-form Bolton outfit tomorrow. Wanderers boss Coyle said: "The FA punishment is nothing to do with me and I would think it is irrelevant as far as Sir Alex is concerned too. He is the best manager in world football, bar none, and whether he is on the touchline or not he will have his team ready to show their quality, and to win matches."
David Facey, The Sun

Daily Mirror columnist Robbie Savage has his say on Sir Alex's touchline ban, and suggests more open dialogue from referees in future: "I’m a big advocate of the Respect For Refs campaign, but managers should be allowed to say what they think after a game. And the refeerees’ association should give its members the right to do the same, which I believe many of them would seize gratefully."

The revelation that Rio Ferdinand could miss the rest of the season prompts stories suggesting that the 32-year-old defender is battling to save his career - although they are at odds with Sir Alex's assertion that Ferdinand has 'plenty of years ahead of him'.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex also receives widespread coverage ahead of today's Champions League draw. Whether faced with the mighty Barcelona or the unfamiliar Shakhtar Donetsk, the Boss says: "As soon as the draw is made you are into your file on them to build up your knowledge. Everyone will get the same attention from me."

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