Writer: Dan Bennett
Date:Sunday January 26 2014
Paul Ince, Alex Rae and the long serving Steve Thompson have all parted company with Blackpool FC, as the news emerged today that each of the managerial staff had lost their jobs.
A large quantity of the Pool fan base had been calling for Paul Ince to be sacked many weeks before it happened earlier today. Pool`s recent run of form has seen the side to slip to 14th in the division.
It was perhaps expected that Alex Rae, Thommo or even both coaches would stay on until a new manager was found, but that has not proved to be the case.
Veteran midfielder Barry Ferguson will take charge of the side when the players return on Thursday. I`m sure he will be given fantastic support from the club and the fans in trying to turn this horrible run of form around.
It certainly would be fantastic to see Barry Ferguson succeed as a manager. If he proves to perform well over the next couple of games then there is no reason why he shouldn`t be given a chance in the job.
Of course there will be many of you who disagree with me and would prefer a manager with experience to arrive at the club; this of course would not be a bad thing at all. Though if someone were to be appointed, I`m sure I speak for many in saying that it would preferably be someone more attack minded in his tactics.
A winless run of ten games, including 9 losses, proved to be too unacceptable for Chairman Karl Oyston who sacked former manager Ince via text message.
It is still slightly unclear as to why the trio didn`t part company with the club on Sunday when they met with Mr Oyston. Though what is clear is that it wasn`t just the poor run of form that Oyston was unsatisfied with.
When talking about possible transfers, he told reporters: 'We need leads and suggestions, that has to come from Paul, Alex and Steve, it`s down to them to give us what we need to be able to help them`.
Barry Ferguson or another possible replacement will have to have a clear idea of the players they want to bring in. What is definitely certain is that players need to be brought in immediately.
It`s a great shame that things didn`t work out with Paul Ince. He did a good job keeping the side up towards the end of last season and started this season extremely well. Perhaps his tactics were never quite suited to a team like Blackpool, especially considering how much the club has achieved whilst playing attacking football.
would like to wish Paul Ince, Alex Rae and Steve Thompson well in the future.
Finally good luck to Barry Ferguson, who I imagine will manage the side on Saturday when they take on Doncaster at home. Let`s hope Pool pick up a much needed victory!
Date:Sunday January 26 2014
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