STEVE Thompson believes the Seasiders have found a natural born leader in Barry Ferguson.
The Seasiders assistant boss, who watched an inexperienced Pool side lose 3-1 in their final pre-season game at Lancaster last night, advises every young player at Bloomfield Road to watch Ferguson in action and learn.
A £750,000 signing from Birmingham and Pool’s most high-profile capture of the summer, Ferguson has worn the captain’s armband for the last two friendlies.
He will almost certainly be named skipper for the coming season, replacing fellow Scot Charlie Adam.
And Thompson believes the 33-year-old will have a big effect on the pitch and on those around him.
Thompson said: “Barry’s career stands up with anything we’ve got at Blackpool at the moment.
“He is a very influential figure on the pitch.
“He accepts the ball in most positions on the park and he doesn’t give it away.
“He commands respect because of what he has done in his career and he has very high standards.
Hopefully everyone here can live up to those standards.
“He is a good leader on and off the pitch and that will be important to us.”