Private talks boost Barry

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Barry Ferguson revealed he has held one-to-one meetings with his players to clear the Bloomfield Road air.

Following the 4-0 hammering at Watford, the Blackpool boss held private meetings with individual players this week to discuss what has gone wrong.

And Ferguson feels those discussions will benefit everyone come Saturday’s home game against Bournemouth.

He told The Gazette: “I had a chat with a few of the boys one-on-one. I thought that was needed. I cleared the air a wee bit. I’m back bubbly now and so are the lads.

“I expected a reaction on Tuesday and got exactly what I expected.

“I was concerned about a couple of aspects of the performance at Watford.

“That wasn’t the boys who I know and who I work with every day, so I wanted answers and I got them.

“We spoke man to man and that’s us sorted. I’m fine now.”

Pool’s 17-match winless run has seen them tumble down the Championship table, casting doubt over their ability to avoid the drop.

Ferguson, in charge for the last seven games, questioned his own position after the Vicarage Road drubbing.

There’s still no news on the experienced assistant he is hoping to bring in this week, but Ferguson is much more optimistic about the future.

“I watched Saturday’s game three times,” added Ferguson. “I’m not going to shy away. I know I’m ready for this.

“It was just a bit of a shock on Saturday when I was stood at the side of the park. But the air is clear now and I expect a response. I can see it already after speaking to them.

“It just wasn’t Blackpool on Saturday in terms of character and feeling sorry for themselves. I won’t accept it again.”

Chairman Karl Oyston has stood by Ferguson, despite the results.

And the 36-year-old his hoping to prove his chairman’s faith isn’t misguided.

Ferguson said: “Apart from Saturday, which caused me a horrendous couple of days, he can see what I’m trying to do here.

“I take everything personally. Getting beaten easily happens in football but I’m not going to accept it.

“I’m passionate about Blackpool. I’ve got a job people would run through brick walls for and I’m going to do everything I can to get it right.”