Perkins: Give Barry the job

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David Perkins turned in a man-of-the match performance for Blackpool on Saturday, then called for Barry Ferguson to be given the manager’s job.

David Perkins turned in a man-of-the match performance for Blackpool on Saturday, then called for Barry Ferguson to be given the manager’s job.

The debutant gave an all-action display in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Doncaster at Bloomfield Road.

Pool are still officially without a manager but midfielder Perkins is clear who the players want in charge.

He said: “I hope Barry gets the job. He’s been tremendous.

“All the boys have pulled together and I think it shows what character there is in this team. He’s a top man, and from what I’ve seen I can’t hold him in high enough regard.”

Although Billy Sharp’s late equaliser stretched Pool’s winless run to 11 games, Saturday brought a much-improved performance and a huge change in atmosphere around the club.

And former Barnsley playmaker Perkins thoroughly enjoyed his debut. He added: “It was brilliant. I’m disappointed we didn’t take all three points. I thought we deserved to.

“In the first half we created a load of chances and hopefully this is the start of a good run.

“It felt like a loss at the end. The lads were gutted by the late goal but we really took the positives.

“After what went on last week, the lads really pulled together. I am full of energy and I love playing football.

“If you can’t enjoy the job of playing football, then what are you doing in the game? I just want to get back to playing regularly.”

As for his man-of-the-match award, Perkins joked: “I think my family must have voted. Things like that don’t really interest me but it was a nice bonus, though my mum drank the bottle of champagne!”

Stand-in Blackpool boss Ferguson described his players as “phenomenal”, even though they couldn’t quite hang on to the lead provided by debutant Andy Halliday’s 77th-minute goal.

Ferguson is expected to be handed the job permanently, though probably not before tomorrow’s game at Reading.

And he was full of praise for his side after a very difficult week.

The former Scotland captain said: “Everyone saw the effort the lads put in and I couldn’t be any more proud of them. All that was missing in the first half was a goal but these things happen in football.

“I told the lads at half-time we just needed a break of the ball. That eventually came with our goal but I was gutted for the boys in the dressing room afterwards.

“I loved every minute I’ve been in charge. Words can’t describe the effort the team gave me. It was unbelievable.”

Ferguson’s name was chanted by fans throughout, leaving chairman Karl Oyston in no doubt who they’d like to replace Paul Ince.

But Ferguson, 36 next Sunday, insisted nothing has been decided yet. He said: “The fans were unbelievable but as it stands I’m still a player.

“I was just happy to take over for the game. It was a new experience and I loved it.

“They are all my mates in the dressing room and the response I got was great.

“On Saturday night, I just got myself back up the road, had a glass of wine and forgot about football for a couple of hours. I needed that!”