Fergie: I was talked into playing return

Barry Ferguson on his return to action on Saturday
Barry Ferguson on his return to action on Saturday
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Barry Ferguson revealed talks with his staff and players led to him returning to the Blackpool team at Leeds.

The 36-year-old stand-in manager hadn’t taken the field since replacing Paul Ince three months ago.

After claiming only last week that he couldn’t play because of an ankle injury, Ferguson trained on Thursday and Friday before naming himself in the starting line-up.

He explained: “I was a bit hesitant about putting myself back in. I hadn’t trained in a long time. I had done plenty of bike and gym work but no football, but I enjoyed it.”

“I had a chat with the staff and spoke to a few of the players, and they wanted me to at least try.

“I’m willing to do everything and anything I can to turn this run of results around.”

Ferguson lasted the full 90 minutes and was one of Pool’s best players at Elland Road.

He added: “I can’t believe I got through the whole game but I was happy to.

“I was tired. I’d only trained for two days, having not done anything for the best part of 10 weeks.

“I just need to see how I am in training on Monday, then I’ll decide about Friday’s game against Burnley.”