Oyston in no rush to appoint Barry

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Karl Oyston says there’s no rush in appointing Barry Ferguson as Blackpool’s full-time boss.

The former skipper is set for his sixth game in charge since taking over following the sacking of Paul Ince, against Birmingham at the weekend.

Pool remain 15 games without a win but have shown a major improvement in recent weeks, prompting many to call for Ferguson to be handed the job full-time.

But chairman Oyston doesn’t think rushing into a decision will help anyone.

“I see no benefit particularly in making an formal arrangement, Barry is doing OK at the moment,” he said.

“We need to keep his options, and ours open.

“There’s no pressure whatsoever to make anything permanent, on his part or ours.

“The squad are working very hard and are fully behind him, so I don’t see how they could be more committed if we made the arrangement formal.

“Also, he’s been a player up until four or five games ago and management isn’t for everyone. It’s maybe not something he wants to leap into and we need to see what his capabilities are.

“And bear in mind he’s earning much more than the previous manager with his playing contract, so it’s not a money thing either.”

Blackpool have been inundated with applications for the job, but haven’t yet spoken to any of them about the vacant role.

It’s understood Ferguson is Oyston’s first choice and is highly likely to be given the job as soon as results take a turn for the better.

Oyston explained: “We’ve received 50-odd applicants, 20-odd which we would consider as serious, but you always get that.

“I won’t speak to any other managers while Barry is in the job. There would be nothing worse for a manager than for him to be working hard and doing the right things, then finding out we are sniffing around other people.

“We just wouldn’t do it.

“There’s no rush to appoint him but I’m sure we will be.

“He’s doing an excellent job.

“He’s done very well, I am very pleased with how things have gone.”

Blackpool have a fully fit squad for the weekend’s game against Birmingham, giving Ferguson a real selection headache.

And Oyston feels the flexible position the club are in at the moment will benefit both him and the manager. He said: “It could work both ways, both ourselves and Barry need to keep our options open at the moment.

“Not only is Barry new to it, but his two assistants aren’t particularly experienced around first teams.

“So it would be risky for us to formalise that arrangement without time to judge their performance.

“So far I’ve been hugely impressed by their progress.”