Oyston has faith in Ferguson

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has backed stand-in boss Barry Ferguson to keep the club in the Championship.

With five games to go, Blackpool sit just three points above the drop zone after a woeful run of two wins in their last 25 games.

All of this came on the back of a promising start to the season, when a push for promotion seemed more likely than a relegation battle.

However, Oyston believes that, despite Blackpool's perilous position, he has the right man in charge.

"I think Barry has enough people around him and enough experience to get us out of this," Oyston told the Blackpool Gazette.

"He's not in there on his own. He and his support team need to work out the best way to make things work.

"Eric Black has been through all this before. He has plenty of experience, so there's no shortage of knowledge."

Oyston also issued a rallying cry to the players, who will have to up their game if Blackpool are to maintain their Championship status.

"It's now time for the players to stand up and be counted. They are playing for their futures too, whether it's here or somewhere else," Oyston added.

"The players need to give Barry some support and help him get us across the line. We just have to get through this season and try to survive."