Ferguson: We all need to know who’s the manager

Ferguson wants the big call made
Ferguson wants the big call made
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Barry Ferguson has called on Karl Oyston to make a decision over the Blackpool manager’s job.

Paul Ince was sacked three weeks ago and team captain Ferguson has taken charge for the four matches since.

Though Pool are yet to record a win under the former Scotland captain, Saturday’s home draw with Nottingham Forest showed real signs of progress.

Chairman Oyston told The Gazette last Thursday the managerial situation would be discussed at a board meeting this week, and Ferguson says it’s time for a decision to be made.

“I guess it’s getting to a stage where we all need to know,” he said. “The most important people are the players and fans, and they probably need to know what’s happening.

“It’s better for everyone and I need to know where I stand. I need to speak to the chairman but it could do with being cleared up one way or another.”

The Gazette understands Oyston is keen to give the 36-year-old the job on a permanent basis but wanted to see how results panned out before making a decision.

Oyston has backed Ferguson by allowing him to make seven signings and the chairman is yet to interview anyone else about the vacancy. Ferguson has always been cautious when asked whether he wants the job, but he has given his biggest hint yet that he is now ready for a step into management.

He said: “The more I’m in it, the more I enjoy it. I’m enjoying every minute of every day.

“I’m seeing football from a different side now. I love being in early in the morning.

“It’s all new to me but I’m loving it. I think we’ll see good things with this group of players. But I don’t make the decision, the chairman does.”

Ferguson certainly has the backing of Pool’s supporters, who again chanted his name throughout Saturday’s game.

Despite talk of a major protest against the chairman at the Forest match, the majority of fans chose to back the team.

And that’s something Ferguson is hugely grateful for. He said: “I knew the fans would stick with us. Since I’ve taken over the fans have been fantastic.

“Even on the street, when I’ve bumped into people, they’ve been right behind me. That’s encouraging for me.

“This is all new to me but I’ll give it everything I’ve got.”