BARRY Ferguson has revealed he wants to go into management when he ends his playing career.
But the midfielder is a long way from hanging up his boots.
The 33-year-old is focusing on trying to get Pool back to the Premier League but he has mapped out his longer-term plans.
“I’m already certain what I want to do after I’ve finished playing,” said Ferguson, who joined from Birmingham in the summer.
“I’ve made that decision already and I want to move into management. For now, I want to play as long as I can, I feel as fit as I’ve ever been.
“But once I’ve stopped playing, it (management) is something I’ll definitely go into because football has been my life since I was eight years old. I wouldn’t know what else to do with myself.”
For now, though, it’s all about this season ... and Ferguson reckons he has much to do.
He has never really been known as a goalscoring midfielder, but such is Ian Holloway’s attacking style that the Scot is working on adapting his game and getting forward more.
He wants his goal against Ipswich to be the first of a few, rather than a collector’s item.
Ferguson was at his most prolific in his first spell at Rangers, when he scored 24 goals in 151 appearances.
He admitted: “Over the past three or four years, it would be fair to say I haven’t been renowned for my goalscoring ability. I play as a holding midfielder and that’s where I prefer to operate.
“When I was at Rangers, I managed to score a fair few but I was still a deep-lying midfielder, though I was moved a bit further forward from time to time.
“At Birmingham, I was constantly a holding player and I never made runs into the box, but I’m hoping to score a few goals this season because the manager gives us the freedom to push forward.
“It was great to get my first goal for the club against Ipswich. It is important that the midfield chips in with goals and that we don’t expect Kev (Phillips) to shoulder all the work up front.
“I don’t think for a minute he feels that’s a burden. He’s the best striker I’ve ever played with and I think the wee man likes that expectation to score.”
Ferguson shrugged off a hamstring problem to face Cardiff last weekend and has been training this week ahead of two away trips in four days to Portsmouth and Coventry.
He added: “We’re only seven games in and I don’t think you should ever look back,” referring to Pool’s Premier League adventure last season.
“We have to look forward, win as many games as possible, get as many points as we can ... and get promoted.”