Fergie’s happy to lead

Blackpools Barry Ferguson
Blackpools Barry Ferguson

BARRY Ferguson says it’s an honour to captain Pool this season – and he’s aiming to add a bit of bite to the midfield.

The Scot has, along with Keith Southern, sat in front of the back four in the opening two league games and used his experience to help guide the Seasiders to successive wins.

He’s also shown he’s not scared of getting stuck in, picking up a yellow card against Peterborough.

Ferguson said: “The gaffer has mentioned he felt I’ve added a bit of bite to the midfield. That’s always been the way I’ve played.

“I’m a competitive character and I want to win every game that I play in and give 100 per cent, which is all I’ve ever done.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be given the captain’s armband. I had no idea I would be skipper, but it’s not just about me because there are a lot of leaders at this club.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have been captain at every club I’ve played for, but ultimately it is a piece of strapping on your arm and you have 11 leaders in the dressing room.”

Ian Holloway is delighted with the start Ferguson has made. Unlike Kevin Phillips, the Scot has not grabbed the headlines but Holloway reckons he’s made a big difference.

“I didn’t want him to come here thinking he had to be a World Cup Willie,” said the boss.

“He has got no bigger role than anyone else. He has just got to be himself and I have no doubts he will join the blend and the wonderful mix of personalities we’ve got.

“He leads by example. He gets around the place, gets his foot in and doesn’t give the ball away.

“He is a different type of player to what we’ve had before. He isn’t a Vaughan or a Charlie.

“But I am delighted to have him and I think he and Keith Southern have already made us looked more solid defensively.”