FERGUSON BACKS BLACKPOOL
Former Everton midfielder Barry Ferguson has endured a turbulent time at Blackpool as the club have been slowly slipping down the table in the last few weeks.
The manager has now admitted that the club are once again in relegation trouble with only a few matches left in the season. It has been for matches since the club last tasted success. Their latest match ended in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of promotion chasing Derby County. This defeat means that the club are only three points above the relegation zone.
Relegation could be a distinct possibility and one that will be very harmful for the club, which was in the Premier league only recently. Ferguson, however, is confident that the club will be able to avoid relegation with two or three victories from the remaining matches. He says that the players should now show the spirit that would retain their status as Championship players rather than League One players. Ferguson only recently said that he was pleased with the progress made by the club, but the 36-year-old admitted that they were back to square one after this latest defeat.
Even though Blackpool opened the scoring after just a minute on the clock, they were unable to hang on to the lead.
"We've got six massive games [left to play]. I reckon we need another two or three wins to be safe. It's up to them [the players] now. If they want to be playing Championship football, then great, because I want to be involved in the Championship. I don't want to be in League One. It was a pressure game because we could have probably put them out of sight if we'd won. Maybe it got to them,” said Ferguson. Blackpool’s next match will be against Leeds United, who are encountering problems of their own.