Ferguson ready for Rovers return

Ferguson ready for Rovers return

Ferguson ready for Rovers return

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

FORMER Blackburn Rovers midfielder Barry Ferguson insists his crisis-torn Blackpool side will know exactly what is required in tomorrow’s East Lancashire derby.

The freefalling Seasiders make the trip across the county to take on Rovers on the back of a shocking 12-game winless run which cost manager Paul Ince his job.

But Ferguson, who has been left to pick up the pieces since Ince’s sacking, will have them fired-up for the match.

He captained Rangers in many an Old Firm derby before moving to Rovers in August 2003 for £7.5m.

While he was unable to replicate the success he enjoyed at Ibrox he recalls his days at Ewood Park with great affection.

“I enjoyed my time at Blackburn,” said Ferguson, who moved back to Rangers in January 2005 after a 16-month spell at Rovers in which he suffered a fractured kneecap.

“I had a bad injury when I was there and people may look back and say I didn’t do well there but I was captain.

“I have very fond memories. Everyone at the club was good to me and I still keep in touch with a few people there.

“But that’s not my concern on Saturday – all I am interested in is getting three points with Blackpool.

“It’s a derby game and I love derby games.

“The boys know what’s expected on Saturday.”

Ferguson, who turns 36 on Sunday, has been one of Blackpool’s best players this season.

But since taking over as the club’s stand-in manager earlier this month, he has made the decision not to select himself.

Ferguson is still waiting to see if he will be named as Ince’s successor on a deal until the end of the campaign.

He said: “I’m not going to push the situation.

“I am not going to try to force their hand as the club have been good to give me this opportunity but on the other hand there’s a need to know.

“The fans need to know too. That’s the most important thing.

“The sooner it gets sorted the better.”

Ferguson will not be able to pick on-loan Rovers striker David Goodwillie tomorrow as the Scottish striker is ineligible to play.

Ferguson will also once again be without star winger Tom Ince.

Ince – accompanied by his sacked father Paul Ince – has been speaking to a number of teams around the UK.

But last night he was on the verge of signing for Crystal Palace on loan.

Ferguson, who will be boosted by the return of centre-back Gary MacKenzie from an ankle injury, is expected to be busy before the transfer window closes at 11pm.

He wants to make three additions to his paper-thin squad in time for the clash with Rovers.

His counterpart Gary Bowyer was also working to bolster his ranks yesterday.

The Rovers manager is set to be without midfielders Lee Williamson and Ben Marshall for the visit of the Seasiders.

That may mean a debut for France U21s international Bryan Dabo, who completed his loan move from Montpellier on Tuesday.

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12:38pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Fyrover says...

Premiership club


and previous seasons holders of the Worthington cup, Blackburn Rovers where not glamorous enough for Barry Ferguson
He is now playing for a club that trains on a bog and he is praying he is the right cheap option as manager of "the mighty Pool"
Premiership club and previous seasons holders of the Worthington cup, Blackburn Rovers where not glamorous enough for Barry Ferguson He is now playing for a club that trains on a bog and he is praying he is the right cheap option as manager of "the mighty Pool" Fyrover
  • Score: 2

12:54pm Fri 31 Jan 14

makaveli96 says...

Whatever happened to his old club Glasgow Rangers?
Whatever happened to his old club Glasgow Rangers? makaveli96
  • Score: 0

1:09pm Fri 31 Jan 14

MxMave says...

Could make a fortune on Rovers this year just betting on "low score win, low score draw, low score loss"

Who says football is entertaining...
Could make a fortune on Rovers this year just betting on "low score win, low score draw, low score loss" Who says football is entertaining... MxMave
  • Score: 1

1:16pm Fri 31 Jan 14

JackSparrow13 says...

Since when has Blackpool been in East Lancs??
Since when has Blackpool been in East Lancs?? JackSparrow13
  • Score: 7

2:05pm Fri 31 Jan 14

juanbbien says...

I haven't one good memory of his time with us moaning he was homesick,time spent out injured I real waste of money one of our worst buys
I haven't one good memory of his time with us moaning he was homesick,time spent out injured I real waste of money one of our worst buys juanbbien
  • Score: 7

2:20pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

juanbbien wrote:
I haven't one good memory of his time with us moaning he was homesick,time spent out injured I real waste of money one of our worst buys
Hell fire, really? Compared to Grabbi? Kevin Davies? Danny Murphy? Dixon Etuhu?
[quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: I haven't one good memory of his time with us moaning he was homesick,time spent out injured I real waste of money one of our worst buys[/p][/quote]Hell fire, really? Compared to Grabbi? Kevin Davies? Danny Murphy? Dixon Etuhu? Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: -4

2:24pm Fri 31 Jan 14

baz58 says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
juanbbien wrote:
I haven't one good memory of his time with us moaning he was homesick,time spent out injured I real waste of money one of our worst buys
Hell fire, really? Compared to Grabbi? Kevin Davies? Danny Murphy? Dixon Etuhu?
He said one of our worst buys....not the worst buy....and I agree 100% with him!
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: I haven't one good memory of his time with us moaning he was homesick,time spent out injured I real waste of money one of our worst buys[/p][/quote]Hell fire, really? Compared to Grabbi? Kevin Davies? Danny Murphy? Dixon Etuhu?[/p][/quote]He said one of our worst buys....not the worst buy....and I agree 100% with him! baz58
  • Score: 5

2:43pm Fri 31 Jan 14

juanbbien says...

baz58 wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
juanbbien wrote:
I haven't one good memory of his time with us moaning he was homesick,time spent out injured I real waste of money one of our worst buys
Hell fire, really? Compared to Grabbi? Kevin Davies? Danny Murphy? Dixon Etuhu?
He said one of our worst buys....not the worst buy....and I agree 100% with him!
Thanks Baz like I said one of the worst buys and and I think I'm right in saying at 7.5 million he was the most expensive not like Murphy and Etuhu
[quote][p][bold]baz58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: I haven't one good memory of his time with us moaning he was homesick,time spent out injured I real waste of money one of our worst buys[/p][/quote]Hell fire, really? Compared to Grabbi? Kevin Davies? Danny Murphy? Dixon Etuhu?[/p][/quote]He said one of our worst buys....not the worst buy....and I agree 100% with him![/p][/quote]Thanks Baz like I said one of the worst buys and and I think I'm right in saying at 7.5 million he was the most expensive not like Murphy and Etuhu juanbbien
  • Score: 3

2:49pm Fri 31 Jan 14

McClaret says...

Fully expect you to get the points tomorrow.
As the LT can't keep up I will post it for them - I heard that Dann is down at Palace, obviously trying to sort terms. Given the choice of playing at the highest level with Pulis as manager or in the championship under Bowyer surely the lad will make it work and sign for them?
Would think that is what the club are banking on as his wages will pay for Conway and leave change for more.
Fully expect you to get the points tomorrow. As the LT can't keep up I will post it for them - I heard that Dann is down at Palace, obviously trying to sort terms. Given the choice of playing at the highest level with Pulis as manager or in the championship under Bowyer surely the lad will make it work and sign for them? Would think that is what the club are banking on as his wages will pay for Conway and leave change for more. McClaret
  • Score: -1

2:56pm Fri 31 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

Fyrover wrote:
Premiership club


and previous seasons holders of the Worthington cup, Blackburn Rovers where not glamorous enough for Barry Ferguson
He is now playing for a club that trains on a bog and he is praying he is the right cheap option as manager of "the mighty Pool"
oh really old man, we are quaking in our boots, if we cannot beat Blackpool then l think maybe l will follow cricket,you only came to Blackburn for the money and we never liked you anyway,,you will be sacked before the seasons out and who will want to come to a club with no facilities ,,the Oystons are a joke,,you should get shut asap,,
[quote][p][bold]Fyrover[/bold] wrote: Premiership club and previous seasons holders of the Worthington cup, Blackburn Rovers where not glamorous enough for Barry Ferguson He is now playing for a club that trains on a bog and he is praying he is the right cheap option as manager of "the mighty Pool"[/p][/quote]oh really old man, we are quaking in our boots, if we cannot beat Blackpool then l think maybe l will follow cricket,you only came to Blackburn for the money and we never liked you anyway,,you will be sacked before the seasons out and who will want to come to a club with no facilities ,,the Oystons are a joke,,you should get shut asap,, noddy57
  • Score: 1

2:57pm Fri 31 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

Fyrover wrote:
Premiership club


and previous seasons holders of the Worthington cup, Blackburn Rovers where not glamorous enough for Barry Ferguson
He is now playing for a club that trains on a bog and he is praying he is the right cheap option as manager of "the mighty Pool"
oh really old man, we are quaking in our boots, if we cannot beat Blackpool then l think maybe l will follow cricket,you only came to Blackburn for the money and we never liked you anyway,,you will be sacked before the seasons out and who will want to come to a club with no facilities ,,the Oystons are a joke,,you should get shut asap,,
[quote][p][bold]Fyrover[/bold] wrote: Premiership club and previous seasons holders of the Worthington cup, Blackburn Rovers where not glamorous enough for Barry Ferguson He is now playing for a club that trains on a bog and he is praying he is the right cheap option as manager of "the mighty Pool"[/p][/quote]oh really old man, we are quaking in our boots, if we cannot beat Blackpool then l think maybe l will follow cricket,you only came to Blackburn for the money and we never liked you anyway,,you will be sacked before the seasons out and who will want to come to a club with no facilities ,,the Oystons are a joke,,you should get shut asap,, noddy57
  • Score: 0

5:32pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Not_A_Loon_From_Pune says...

juanbbien wrote:
baz58 wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
juanbbien wrote:
I haven't one good memory of his time with us moaning he was homesick,time spent out injured I real waste of money one of our worst buys
Hell fire, really? Compared to Grabbi? Kevin Davies? Danny Murphy? Dixon Etuhu?
He said one of our worst buys....not the worst buy....and I agree 100% with him!
Thanks Baz like I said one of the worst buys and and I think I'm right in saying at 7.5 million he was the most expensive not like Murphy and Etuhu
Yeah, a total whinger, totally lacking in bottle. All I recall from his time at Rovers was saying he was homesick and that he wanted to go home to Scotland. A total waste of £7.5 million.
[quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baz58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]juanbbien[/bold] wrote: I haven't one good memory of his time with us moaning he was homesick,time spent out injured I real waste of money one of our worst buys[/p][/quote]Hell fire, really? Compared to Grabbi? Kevin Davies? Danny Murphy? Dixon Etuhu?[/p][/quote]He said one of our worst buys....not the worst buy....and I agree 100% with him![/p][/quote]Thanks Baz like I said one of the worst buys and and I think I'm right in saying at 7.5 million he was the most expensive not like Murphy and Etuhu[/p][/quote]Yeah, a total whinger, totally lacking in bottle. All I recall from his time at Rovers was saying he was homesick and that he wanted to go home to Scotland. A total waste of £7.5 million. Not_A_Loon_From_Pune
  • Score: 4

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