Fergie in charge again tonight

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Barry Ferguson will again take charge of Blackpool for tonight’s match at Reading and is red-hot favourite to be handed the manager’s job regardless of the result at the Madejski Stadium.

Ferguson began the journey south with an 18-man squad yesterday afternoon and said: “You’ll need to ask the chairman about the future.

“I was just happy to take over for one game. It was a new experience and I loved it.

“They are all my mates in the dressing room and the response I got was great. As it stands, I’m still a player.”

While the midfielder may be claiming to be nothing more than a stand-in, it’s believed he will again leave himself out of the squad for tonight’s 8pm kick-off.

Ferguson has also continued his search of the transfer market this week, with Pool hoping to add a few more players ahead of Friday’s deadline.

He added: “I’ve had discussions with the chairman and Matt (Williams, secretary) and so far they’ve backed me with every deal I’ve put forward.

“The players I’ve asked for in the short period of time so far, they’ve gone and got them.

“So I’ll be asking nicely for another three or four and I might get them.”

Pool will again be without the injured Ricardo Fuller, Gary MacKenzie and Neal Bishop tonight.

And it’s the shortage of players which makes Ferguson’s transfer quest so important.

He explained: “We have a few injuries and they are big players for us.

“I need to speak nicely to the chairman and hopefully I’ll get one or two in, or three or four, or five or six!”

Ferguson was as all-action in the technical area during Saturday’s draw with Doncaster as he was when playing.

The Scot kicked every ball on the touchline and made no apologies for it.

He said: “I enjoyed the experience, I really did. I got a wee bit over-excited at times but that’s me.

“As soon as the whistle went I was bang into it. I’ll no doubt be the same at Reading. That’s just how I am.”

One player who can’t wait for tonight’s game is Andy Halliday.

The winger scored on his debut after coming off the bench on Saturday.

Ferguson’s fellow Scot is set to start this evening and is backing the Seasiders for a positive result.

“It certainly didn’t feel like a team which was struggling on Saturday,” he said.

“If we show that sort of desire and commitment tonight, we’ll be fine.

“We have to pick ourselves up and go again tonight.

“Hopefully the fans will be there supporting us like they were on Saturday because we need to get back to winning ways.”