Fergie won’t sign players for the sake of it

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Barry Ferguson has been given the green light to add faces to his squad – but isn’t ready to make signings for the sake of it.

The Seasiders have signed seven players since the skipper took stand-in charge at the end of last month.

Pool have a fully fit squad for the first time in months and are now unbeaten in their last two games.

And Ferguson feels his current squad is more than good enough to turn things around.

“I’m pretty happy with the squad I’ve got, we just need to see what next week brings,” he said.

“I would like to add one or two, but there is a rule that you’re only allowed five in the 18.

“I don’t want to be bringing loan players in and leaving them out. It wouldn’t be fair on them.”

No decision has yet been made about his long-term 
future at the club, with chairman Karl Oyston seemingly happy to allow things to go on as they are.

He’ll take charge of his sixth game this weekend against Birmingham, knowing a win would surely land him the job on a permanent basis.

And if he does, it could signal the end of the 36-year-old’s playing days.

He said: “If I get the job, I really don’t think I will be playing.

“People have done both jobs (at the same time) but I don’t think I can do it.

“I made the decision not to play and stay on the sidelines, and the squad is becoming strong enough to cope.”

Pool lost defender Jack Robinson through injury during the first half of Saturday’s game at Ispwich, but Ferguson says the Liverpool loan man will be fine.

He explained: “Robbo only has a dead leg, he’ll be fine for Saturday, the competition is healthy and the squad is a right good squad.”

Blackpool have gone 15 games without a win, but have looked much improved in recent weeks. And Ferguson thinks his side are finally showing signs of recovery.

“The confidence is starting to come out in them and it will be hard work next week again because we’ve got a hard game against Birmingham,” he said.

“I am putting a new system in place and I want my team to be attack-minded.

“The commitment and effort has been there from the start, but in the games against Forest and Ipswich we have also shown quality and belief.”