Ferguson unlikely as Blackpool look for fresh start

Barry Ferguson at the end of season awards
Barry Ferguson at the end of season awards
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Karl Oyston wants a fresh start at Bloomfield Road and is highly unlikely to hand Barry Ferguson the manager’s job.

Blackpool’s chairman is today drawing up a shortlist of potential targets for the vacant hotseat and wants a quick appointment.

Ferguson, who stood in as boss for 20 matches after Paul Ince was sacked in January, has made no secret of his wish to take the role on a permanent basis but The Gazette understands Oyston wants a new direction for the club.

Out-of-contract players who Pool have an option to retain for a further season must be told by the end of the month whether the club wishes to keep them, and Oyston is keen to have a new manager in place before those decisions have to be made.

And with all but five of Pool’s players out of contract this summer, whoever takes the job will have a major task on his hands.

Ferguson, who sounded as though his time at the club may be up after Saturday’s last-day defeat by Charlton, dropped further hints before heading back to his native Scotland today.

The 36-year-old said: “There are no meetings or anything planned here. I’m going home to spend a bit of time with my family. I need to sit down and think about my future.

“I’ve done my job here in terms of keeping the club in the Championship.

“The chairman will get a bit of money now for staying in this division and good luck to him.

“A lot of the people here will now go elsewhere and kick on with their careers, and good luck to them too.

“I’m just going up to Scotland, then I’m going on holiday. I’ll take stock of what I think is right for me and see what happens.”

Speaking after the club’s end-of-season dinner on Sunday, Ferguson added: “It was good to spend a bit of time with my staff. There will be a lot of people leaving the club, which is normal in football. Whatever happens I’ve had a great time at this club.”

James Beattie is not on Oyston’s shortlist despite the Accrington Stanley boss being linked with the Pool job in the national press yesterday.

Oyston is understood to have spent the past couple of days seeking advice from football contacts and he intends to start the interview process later this week.