Ferguson: Helper will be my choice

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Barry Ferguson insists any addition to his management team will be his decision and not Karl Oyston’s.

After a meeting with the chairman on Monday, it was agreed Ferguson would bring in a trusted and experienced member of staff to work alongside him in the wake of Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Watford.

A vastly experienced football figure is expected to arrive ahead of Saturday’s game against Bournemouth.

And speaking for the first time about the agreement, Ferguson told The Gazette he would be delighted if the club succeeded in bringing in his first-choice man.

The stand-in manager said: “I had a good conversation with the chairman and hopefully we’ll get someone in who will sit in the stand (on matchdays) and oversee things from a different viewpoint.

“It allows us to have a different view while I’m on the sidelines going daft.

“It will be good for me to throw things to him and for him to throw things to me. I think it’s a good thing.

“I’ve seen it done a few times. There are people I have learned a lot from and who I have a lot of time for.

“The chairman has been brilliant to allow me to bring a guy in.

“There are still bits of talking to do but we hope to have him in before the weekend.”

Pool haven’t won any of the seven games since Ferguson took charge in January but chairman Oyston has seen enough to convince him the 36-year-old is the right man to take the club forward in the long term.

The plan, revealed in yesterday’s Gazette, would see the experienced assistant remain at the club until the summer, when Ferguson would take total control.

And it’s a move Ferguson is completely comfortable with. He added: “I’ve spoken to Karl and it’s my decision.

“He’s left the decision of who to bring in to me. I think it’s important I can get an extra person in.

“You never stop learning in football. I didn’t stop learning as a player until I was 36 and I hope to have 30 years ahead in management.

“I have loads of guys I can pick up the phone and talk to, and I’ve done that. I’m not frightened of asking people for advice.”

A few names have been mentioned, including the former Scotland boss Alex McLeish.

Ferguson believes that whoever does arrive this week will be a great asset to him and the club.

“Bringing someone in for me to learn from can only help Blackpool in the long run,” he said.

“I’m new to this job. I’m enthusiastic, I know which way I want to play and I believe it’s important I get someone similar to me in.

“The guy I want has been around the block a few times and has plenty of experience.

“When you’re a manager you need a bit of experience in your team.

“It’s the same with me. I’m a young manager and having someone there to guide me will help a lot.”