Ferguson could make shock inclusion...himself

Barry Ferguson (right) and Bob Malcolm
Barry Ferguson (right) and Bob Malcolm
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If you want something doing properly... do it yourself.

That could be the mantra for stand-in Blackpool boss Barry Ferguson who has taken part in full training this week and is considering lacing up his boots to help the 
Seasiders out of their current slump.

Ferguson, 36, hasn’t played since taking charge of the side after Paul Ince was sacked almost three weeks ago.

But he could be set to step back into Pool’s midfield.

“I’ve done a bit of training this week,” he revealed.

“I don’t know if I am ready to go back into playing yet, I’ve not decided.

“I’ve got probably nine of my eleven picked in my head, there’s a few I’m not sure with.

“I’ll make a decision today.”

Should Ferguson include himself it will offer a huge boost to the Seasiders who have badly missed their captain in recent weeks.

If he doesn’t opt to play it seems he’ll have plenty of options for the visit of Billy Davies’ in form side.

Stephen Dobbie and Elliot Grandin are both in contention for starts, Jack Robinson has recovered from injury and David Goodwillie is once again available in attack.

Doubts remain over injured pair Ricardo Fuller and Neal Bishop, with boss Ferguson unwilling to reveal their progress.

He said: “I’m not going to start telling people who’s back and who isn’t.

“But a couple trained yesterday and we’ll see how they react to that.

“Hopefully some of the injured boys will be back involved on Saturday.”

Ferguson claims his squad are raring to go after a tough week on the training ground.

It’s the first time the stand-in boss has been able to get stuck into his squad.

The tempo and intensity of training is said to have increased this week, and Ferguson thinks his side are raring to go.

“Everyone has that bit between their teeth now which I think is needed,” said the boss.

“Particularly this week, I’m seeing signs.

“This week has been great as I’ve been able to spend proper time on the training ground.

“I’ve seen a big difference in them already.

“It’s been a hard week, you can ask any of the lads that.

“But I’m big on modern day football, you need to be fit.

“I’m not saying I’m running the lads every minute of training, but a lot of the work is high tempo now.”

Tomorrow will be Ferguson’s fourth game in temporary charge, with his future remaining up in the air.

On his future, he said: “I’m taking things game by game.

“To be fair to the chairman he’s let me get on with it, he’s let me bring players in and he’s given me the go-ahead to sign more once the loan window opens.”