Fergie hoping for decision on top job

Blackpool's Barry Ferguson
Blackpool's Barry Ferguson
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Barry Ferguson wants a decision to be made on the Blackpool manager’s job – not just for his own sake but for the fans’.

Ferguson has taken charge of the team for both games since Paul Ince was sacked last week.

The Scot is expected to be named as manager until the end of the season but the club is yet to make an announcement.

Ferguson is preparing to take the helm again for Saturday’s visit to Blackburn, but feels it will do everyone good to know for sure.

He said: “I’m not going to push the situation. I am not going to try to force their hand as the club have been good to give me this opportunity, but on the other hand there’s a need to know.

“The fans need to know too. That’s the most important thing.

“The sooner it gets sorted the better.”

Decisive action from chairman Karl Oyston is needed this week, with the team on a shocking run which has seen them go 12 games without a win, losing 10.

Pool lie nine points from the Championship relegation zone in 15th place and Ferguson knows the poor run needs to end quickly.

The former Scotland captain said: “It’s dragging on now and I need the players to stand up.

“I watched Reading and really thought we could have beaten them.

“But as soon as we make a mistake in a game, it’s like: ‘Here we go again.’ That’s not the mentality I want. We need to work on certain things and we will do.”

Ferguson and the players had a long talk in the dressing room after Tuesday’s 5-1 hammering at Reading.

He asked each player to give his thoughts on what’s going wrong at the club and he expects a big reaction at Ewood Park.

Ferguson, who turns 36 on Sunday, added: “I want my team to be passionate. The players in the dressing room are good players but I need a tough mentality.

“I want strong-minded people. There’s not enough belief.

“It’s something I’m trying to change in the short time I’ve been here.

“I’ve told the lads that they are all good players and they need to realise that. It’s now up to me to give the players the confidence they need.”