Ferguson in talks over Fleetwood loan

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BARRY Ferguson could be set for a move to Fleetwood Town, thanks to a call from Jimmy Armfield.

The Blackpool club captain wants to leave Bloomfield Road after talks with Ian Holloway.

At 34, he feels he needs regular first-team football, which can’t be guaranteed at Pool.

Birmingham showed interest in resigning the former Scotland midfielder only for the deal to fall through.

Now Ferguson is set for talks with Fleetwood boss Micky Mellon over a shock short term loan to Highbury.

Mellon told The Gazette: “There is still a lot needed to be done before it happens, but I have spoken to Ian Holloway - now I need to speak to Barry Ferguson to see how he feels (about coming to Fletwood on loan).

“Obviously, when a player of that calibre may be available, you have to be interested.”

And Blackpool boss Holloway explained how he turned to Blackpool legend Armfield for advice.

The Pool boss said: “Sometimes as a manager you get situations you’re not sure about.

“I called Jimmy Armfield the other night and it was fantastic. There was something bugging me and what he said is invaluable.

“He told me I’m a manager and all I have to do is manage. He said that if you can’t manage your players you have a problem, so I rang Karl (Oyston, Pool’s chairman) as I had a bit of a problem.

“He listened and then let me manage my player. Sometimes he doesn’t listen. Lately it’s been hard to get him to hear me. The other night he was great.”

Ferguson is hoping leave Blackpool on a short-term loan before being granted a free transfer in January.

Something Holloway feels pleases everyone.

“We are hopeful he will go on a short-term loan to our local neighbours,” he said.

“My chairman dealt with it in a really good way.

“And we’ve come to a really good solution.

“It was the chairman’s idea the resolution, and it looks like it will be a good resolution for everyone.

“He’ll go on a short term loan and Karl has said he can have a free, that’s a big statement for a player he spent £750,000 on.

“He wants to prove to people that he can still play every week and this is a win-win situation for everyone.

“Jim said to me you have to be able to manage each player.”