Barry Ferguson has warned his Blackpool players – if you’re not ready for a battle, don’t turn up.
The Seasiders travel to Watford tomorrow looking for their first win in 17 games, a run which has seen them fall to 18th in the Championship table.
While Ferguson is yet to be handed the manager’s role on a permanent basis, he’s ready to axe anyone who isn’t ready to give their all for the cause.
“If people aren’t ready to roll their sleeves up and realise what’s happening here, then there’s no use turning up,” he said.
“The boys all know that, I’ve explained that to them.
“I’m angry and frustrated at the moment and the players are too in the dressing room.
“It’s my job to pick them up.
“The response I’ve had is great from them so far.”
Last weekend’s defeat at home to Birmingham, along with wins for almost everyone below them, left Pool just eight points from the relegation drop zone.
All of the bottom three have games in hand on the Seasiders, meaning the situation could get much worse in the coming weeks.
But it’s something Ferguson is ready to tackle.
He said: “It’s getting tighter and tighter, I know that and I’m not going to hide from it.
“I’ve never shirked a challenge in my life and I’m not going to here.
“I know what’s at stake now, and so do the players.
“I was angry and frustrated last week, all sorts.
“I believed the game should have been dead and buried in the first half, but it didn’t happen.
“I was in on Monday morning and had a quick chat with the boys.
“There were plenty of positives from last week’s defeat but also negatives.
“I’ve worked on those things this week.
“It’s all fixed for Saturday.”