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Ferguson wants clarity

Blackpool caretaker boss Barry Ferguson is hoping that a decision regarding his future will be made sooner rather than later so he can begin preparations for next season.

Ferguson replaced Paul Ince in temporary charge at Bloomfield Road back in January, but has only managed to lead his side to one win in 10 games.

The Seasiders have a number of players out of contract in the summer including the likes of Craig Cathcart, Chris Basham, Steven Davies and Matt Gilks.

Ferguson has an option to extend his contract for another year, as do a host of other players such as Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Michael Chopra, but the former Rangers midfielder says that uncertainty is preventing any plans being put in place.

"In all honesty it needs to happen soon," he told the Blackpool Gazette.

"There are only five contracted players, so you don't need to be a rocket scientist to realise major changes are needed. There's a massive rebuilding job here.

"I want to make those decisions but that's for the powers above to decide. I'd love to be able to start now. This is a club which has major potential if we are allowed to bring in players.

"I already have people in mind for next season and I need to be letting these lads know. They are out of contract and they need to know their futures too.

"The players here have families, so they need to know what's happening next year. I'll be straight down the middle with them.

"A couple of them are concerned, so I think we need to start making decisions soon."

After Ferguson witnessed his predecessor, Ince, have just eight senior players for pre-season training last summer, the Scotsman is keen to avoid a repeat this year.

"I'm not dealing with that sort of situation," he said.

"I'm not interested in eight players - I want a squad of 18, with a few young ones around too."

On the possibility of taking the job permanently, Ferguson added: "I want to do it and I've made it clear. I'm loving it and I've learned a lot.

"Although results haven't been great, I'm not scared to stand up and hopefully take this club forward."