BARRY Ferguson looks set for a shock departure from Bloomfield Road.
The Blackpool skipper is expected to be allowed to leave on loan this week after talks with manager Ian Holloway.
The midfielder was initially named in the travelling squad for Saturday’s derby at Burnley, which Pool lost 1-0 – their fourth defeat in five games.
But after discussions with Holloway about his role in the squad, Ferguson will depart this week – Championship rivals Middlesbrough and Birmingham are both interested in the 34-year-old Scot.
Holloway revealed: “Barry and I have had a chat. He thinks he should be playing every week.
“He hasn’t been nasty about it – he believes he needs to play every week.
“He’s not used to not playing, so I might loan him out.
“He knows he’s out of contract in the summer and he knows other people might want him.”
Ferguson has been in and out of Pool’s starting 11 this season, making six Championship appearances.
He is one of Pool’s highest-paid players and a move would enable the Seasiders to bring a fresh face into the squad.
Holloway added: “We might be able to swap him for a player in a different position – there’s not much to chose between Barry, Angel Martinez and Ludo Sylvestre.
“He’s been totally respectful and he trained back in Blackpool on Saturday.
“One club rang me over the weekend and said we could take our pick of their players, so we can look at that. If we have to bring Barry back, then we can in 28 days.”