Oyston backing Barry to keep Pool up

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Karl Oyston has told The Gazette he’s backing Barry Ferguson to keep Blackpool in the Championship before a summer of “major alterations”.

Two wins in 25 games have left Pool staring relegation in the face, resulting in protests against chairman Oyston which came to a head during Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat by Derby.

But Oyston still believes in stand-in boss Ferguson. He told The Gazette: “I think Barry has enough people around him and enough experience to get us out of this.

“He’s not in there on his own. He and his support team need to work out the best way to make things work. Eric Black has been through all this before. He has plenty of experience, so there’s no shortage of knowledge.

“Barry is trying his hardest with the squad we’ve got. He’s doing everything to get the best out of the players.”

On the Derby game, Oyston said: “We came up against a very good and well organised side. The result on Saturday (the 2-1 home defeat by Yeovil) was the really disappointing one. That was a big opportunity to get ourselves away from the relegation zone.”

Pool travel to Leeds on Saturday and Oyston added: “It’s now time for the players to stand up and be counted. They are playing for their futures too, whether it’s here or somewhere else.

“The players need to give Barry some support and help him get us across the line. We just have to get through this season and try to survive.”

Once that goal is achieved, the chairman vowed to turn his attention to a summer recruitment drive, though any fans hoping for a loosening of the pursestrings are set to be disappointed. In another interview yesterday, Oyston added: “We need to get back to recruiting and spotting players we all have confidence in. We haven’t done that in the last couple of years.

“Some players we have had great expectations of have not worked out. We have to look at those so-called ‘bankers’. It’s not about how much we’ve spent but about how we’ve spent it. The players we’ve paid most to have generally been the most disappointing.”

Oyston came in for further criticism when a photograph of him beside a protestors’ billboard was posted on Twitter by his son, Sam.

Oyston said: “Sam is grounded and has had his pocket money stopped. It was ill-advised and that is the danger of social media.”