CHRIS Basham has backed Steve Thompson for the manager’s job at Bloomfield Road.
The midfielder was recalled to the starting 11 for last night 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday and repaid his boss with a man of the match display as Pool climbed four spots to 12th in the Championship.
And despite all the rumours about Ian Hollway’s replacement, Basham said: “We want Thommo, 100 per cent. I would like to call Thommo the gaffer.
“We are all looking up to him. It’s not been difficult losing our manager at all as we trust Thommo so much.
“We trust the staff who are involved at the moment, – John Hills, Alan Wright and everyone. We are all behind Thommo (right).”
Goals from Tom Ince and Ludo Sylvestre saw the Seasiders record only their second win in nine games.
Despite the bad run of form, Pool look ed full of confidence and now sit only three points from the play-off places.
Basham responded to his first start of the season with an all-action display in the heart of Pool’s midfield .
After enduring a frustrating spell, the former Bolton man is delighted to be back in the thick of it. He said: “I’m over the moon. Thommo has pulled me to one side a lot recently and told me I will get my chance.
“My main target is to keep playing and to get into the side regularly.
“I played well at Sheffield but I need to take it into Saturday and keep myself in the team. I was quite tired near the end but I managed to get through it.”
As well as getting back to winning ways, Pool kept their first clean sheet since August. And Basham revealed it’s something the caretaker boss has drilled into his players.
“Thommo got among us yesterday and really made us believe we could win that game,” he said.
“We’d watched videos and had a bit of a different sort of training session on Monday. I think we all really enjoyed it. We had an 11 v 11 game, with one team set-up like Sheffield Wednesday.”