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Barry Ferguson has left Blackpool after a spell as caretaker player-manager, the club has confirmed to BBC Scotland, reports BBC Sport

The news comes the day after The Seasiders were denied to hold talks with Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara.

Barry Ferguson has left Blackpool

Barry Ferguson has left Blackpool

Ferguson has been in charge of Blackpool since January after Paul Ince’s sacking.

The 36-year-old steered the club away from relegation despite winning only three out of 20 games.

BBC Sport claim that the former Scotland international did not see eye to eye with Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston.

Ferguson had gone on record to say the club needed investment in their squad to avoid another relegation battle.

He is also set to due to have ankle surgery this summer, whether he continues his playing career is yet to be known.

Oyston praised Ferguson in an interview on the Blackpool website:

“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,” he said.

“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.”

The Tangerines chairman spoke of the kind of manager he was looking for:

“I think we need to make sure that whoever we get comes in and brings a fresh approach, style and emphasis,” he said.

“We’re now lucky that we’ve got more opportunities to bring youth players through because we’ve got a good youth set-up that’s going really well.

“It would be a shame if we allowed a manager to come in that didn’t take advantage of that and work and encourage the youth – and actually give them a chance in the team whenever we can.

“I’d also like someone who does more work not just on the training pitch but more work with the players on fitness and brings them back in the afternoon for one-on-one sessions – and deals with injuries slightly differently.

“I think it has been far too easy to be injured at this club over the last couple of seasons.”

Oyston also hoped to attract players willing to live in the Blackpool area.

“Travelling two and three hours a day can’t be good for a player,” he said.

“We’re keen to make an early decision and involve any manager in the option decisions.”


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