Ferguson will ‘deal with’ crazy touchline bust-up

Pool coach Bob Malcolm (back to camera) raises an arm to striker Stephen Dobbie (out of shot) while assistant boss Malky Thomson (right) attempts to calm things down
Pool coach Bob Malcolm (back to camera) raises an arm to striker Stephen Dobbie (out of shot) while assistant boss Malky Thomson (right) attempts to calm things down
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Barry Ferguson promised to “deal with” his assistant Bob Malcolm and striker Stephen Dobbie after their extraordinary touchline bust-up .

The pair clashed as Dobbie prepared to come on as a 70th-minute substitute during yesterday’s 1-0 home defeat by Burnley.

Pool’s first-team coach appeared to push Dobbie in the face before being sent to the stands by referee Michael Oliver on a terrible afternoon for the Seasiders which saw more fan protests and pitch invasions.

The Seasiders have taken just one point from their last six games and will fall into the Championship relegation zone if either Barnsley or Millwall win this afternoon.

Stand-in manager Ferguson, who again played 90 minutes, didn’t see the Dobbie/Malcolm incident but vowed to address it today. “I will find out what happened and I’ll deal with it,” he said.

“Emotions are running high at the moment but there won’t be a problem. The pair have known each other for a number of years.

“Everyone’s getting a little bit frustrated and we all probably need to calm down.

“Things happen in football. Things boil over from time to time.

“One of the reasons I brought Bob in was because he’s such a passionate guy.

“They were talking in the dressing room afterwards but I’ll get to the bottom of it and deal with it.”

Michael Kightly’s second-half strike moved the Clarets within two points of guaranteed promotion but the match was a mere sideshow on a another dark day at Bloomfield Road.

Supporters protested against chairman Karl Oyston throughout, with the game being halted on three separate occasions. After 53 minutes, around 200 tennis balls were thrown on to the field.

Two pitch invasions followed and after the game some unhappy fans stayed behind to continue voicing their displeasure at the chairman.

While Ferguson says he understands the fans’ feelings, he insists such scenes don’t help his side.

He added: “The fans have got every right to protest if they don’t like the chairman or whatever.

“But I really would rather they did it before or after the game, not during it. It didn’t help against Burnley.

“The game was stopped when we were on top and it’s not nice to see. But apart from going a bit crazy for five minutes the fans were superb.”