Blackpool Confirms Ferguson Leave
Blackpool have confirmed that caretaker manager Barry Ferguson has left the club. This news comes as a major disappointment for the club, as they will be on the lookout for a new manager once again. The former Celtic striker has been in charge of the Blackpool team on a caretaker basis for the last few months of the campaign. However, the club managed only three wins from the 20 matches that the 36-year-old oversaw. This disappointing run, though, did not end up disastrous for the club, as they stayed up in the Championship for the season.
However, it was too close to comfort for the team, as they were only two points above the relegation zone. The 2-0 win over Wigan in the penultimate game of the season ultimately proved to be the difference between relational staying up. Ferguson said a few weeks ago that he was unsure about remaining at the club into the new season. This was reportedly because the board was not happy with his performances. Blackpool struggled in the first half of the season under the management of former Blackburn boss Paul Ince.
The sale of several high-profile players has also contributed to their downfall, but chairman Karl Oyston is upbeat about the future.
"Fortunately, we're still a Championship club and you could say it's luck, but I think Barry and his team did very well to keep us in the Championship. They were arguably dealt a boorish hand, so it was touch and go. We're looking for a manager, we need a full-time manager and Barry very kindly took over as a caretaker for us. I think we probably need to go a different way than we have done over the past few years and look at all our options, which is what we're doing at the moment," said the chairman.