Fergie: Saturday will be a real honour

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Barry Ferguson says it will be an honour to manage Blackpool tomorrow, even though his future remains unclear.

The Seasiders captain took training yesterday and has agreed to take charge for the home clash with Doncaster tomorrow.

Though many expected the midfielder to be unveiled as Pool’s new boss yesterday, The Gazette understoods no decision will be made until after the weekend.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Ferguson, who turns 36 on Sunday week. “I will take training again on Friday and I’m looking forward to the game. The response I’ve had from the guys has been excellent. I couldn’t have asked for any more.

“Everyone is confident, the attitude was first class, the tempo was really high and I was happy with the way training went.”

Ferguson has drafted in former Rangers midfielder Bob Malcolm and coach Malky Thomson to assist him on Saturday.

Both will be in the dug-out and Ferguson was full of praise for the duo. “It would have been difficult for me to do everything on my own,” he said. “So I have turned to a couple of boys I worked with at Rangers and Birmingham.

“They’ve taken the time out to come and give me a hand. All the boys took to them and the players seemed to enjoy it. They are guys I know well and they have done me a big favour.”

Blackpool face Doncaster hoping to end a run of nine defeats in 10 games which resulted in the sackings of Paul Ince, Alex Rae and Steve Thompson on Tuesday.

While Ferguson paid tribute to them, he said it’s important everyone moves on and concentrates on winning three points.

“It’s disappointing to see people I respected and had a lot of time for lose their jobs,” he added.

“It was hard for everybody but we have to get on with it, it’s as simple as that.

“I’m not beating around the bush here – I want three points on Saturday.

“If we lose on Saturday we could get dragged in, but on the other hand if we win we could fly up the table. We are going to be positive.”

However, with Ferguson named neither caretaker nor permanent manager, big question marks remain ... but they don’t seem to be bothering the skipper.

“I’ve not even thought about the long-term job,” he said. “My main concern is to get the team ready for Saturday and make sure we get the three points. It’s a massive game for us.

“I look at it both ways – we are eight points off the relegation zone and nine points off the play-offs. We are in a healthy position in my eyes.”