New skipper tips Pool title challenge

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New skipper David Ferguson is full of confidence ahead of the new season, incredibly tipping Blackpool to win the title.

The 21-year-old was named as the Seasiders’ captain yesterday by Neil McDonald, after impressing with his leadership during pre-season.

Ferguson, who has made just six senior career starts, joined from Sunderland last season and now looks likely to be Pool’s first choice left-back for the coming season.

And it’s fair to say he’s full of optimism, despite all the negativity around the club.

“Compared to last season the squad is completely different,” he said.

“My aim is to get promotion and why not win the league?

“We have a good set of lads so I hope we can concentrate on all the good things which are going on here and try to set aside the bad things.

“Hopefully the fans can push and support us and we can do well.It’s a real honour and hopefully we’ll have a good season.

“I will be an encouraging captain and someone who can hopefully be a good leader.”

The decision raised a few eyebrows among Blackpool fans with Ferguson such an inexperienced member of the squad.

But it’s not something which bothers manager McDonald, who’s backed his man to be a huge hit.

He said: “I want him to lead and show an example. He’s certainly done that in the pre-season since I’ve been here, so I think he’s a good pick.”

Meanwhile, Fred Barber has replaced Bobby Mimms as Blackpool’s goalkeeping coach.

As revealed in yesterday’s Gazette, Mimms quit the club earlier this week to take up a similar role at Bolton.

Barber arrives at Bloomfield Road with 19 years of coaching experience with the likes of Bolton Wanderers, West Brom, York City, Burton and Crewe Alexandra.