Multiple reports have surfaced stating that Barry Ferguson is set to become Blackpool’s next manager. The English Championship club is in the midst of a four game losing streak & currently sit 14th in the table after only winning eight of 26 league matches played this season.
According to Chris Bascombe of The Telegraph, current manager Paul Ince has lost the support of some players, fans & apparently the club’s board as well. Bascombe writes, “In recent weeks Ince has also found himself defending his management style after accusations from one of his own players, Michael Chopra, that training sessions were ‘a joke’.” Additionally, the manager & the club have butted heads over a potential transfer of Ince’s son, Tom Ince – a highly rated midfielder who is in line to net Blackpool a healthy transfer fee.
Ince has only been with Blackpool for eleven months & given that the club has lost nine of ten matches it’s unlikely that he will be able to salvage his job.
For Barry Ferguson, this would be an amazing opportunity for the 35-year old to transition into managing. He already has the respect of the dressing room & clearly has poised himself to become a manager.
Back in 2009, Ferguson discussed his desire to get into coaching.
Via Tribal Football – “Coaching is something I really want to get started.”
“I’ve worked under some top managers. Walter Smith, Dick Advocaat, Graeme Souness, Mark Hughes and Alex McLeish.” (I guess it was oversight to not mention Paul Le Guen).
“You see the things they need to deal with – God, I’ve given some of them tough things to sort out – and it does appeal to me getting into that side of the game.”
“I’d love to go back and work at Rangers. Manager? Well that would be a dream, but it would be great to be involved at the club in some capacity and see where that takes me. I’ve looked at guys like Ian Durrant, John Brown and Ally McCoist – Rangers men like myself – and see the buzz they get from coming in and working for the club after they’ve stopped playing. I would love that.”
If Ferguson experiences success for Blackpool – it won’t take long for him to be linked as a potential successor to Ally McCoist. He still has his finger on the pulse of the club & his regular column for The Daily Record has given him a chance to have a public voice on that occurs at Ibrox.
- Would you like to see Barry Ferguson manage Rangers at some point?