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Malky: Boys Have Been Great

Posted: Fri 04 Apr 2014
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Thomson Pleased With Response From Players

Malky Thomson has been delighted with the response of the players since arriving at the club to assist Barry Ferguson with first-team matters.

The former Dundee United and Inverness Caledonian Thistle coach joined Bob Malcolm in answering a call to come to Bloomfield Road and help out in January, having previously been in Dubai and then Ireland with Limerick FC.

The challenge at Blackpool is one he's relished with both hands, quickly integrating himself out on the training pitch at Squires Gate.

"I've really enjoyed it," he said. "The boys have been great, they are a hardworking bunch. They've applied themselves well and responded to everything we've asked of them."

Initially arriving in the midst of a poor run of form, Thomson has had plenty of experience of dealing with the pressures that accompany football.

"My career has been involved involved with teams like Caley Thistle, when we've always been at the tight end of the division. I was also at Dundee United who were a big club who were used to being in the top four. I'm more than used to the pressure we are under here at Blackpool," he admitted.

His relationship with Barry Ferguson is one that developed at Birmingham City, with Thomson seeing enough signs then to suggest that the former Rangers man would be a manager one day.

"When I was at Birmingham I was reserve team manager and Barry used to come over and help out. He'd do wee bits of training and join in the coaching. I knew then what sort of character he was and that he was going to be good at what he's doing.

"I worked at Birmingham with Alex McLeish and Barry was always a manager on the park, so his ability to manage people was never in question. A lot of people in the game at the moment know what Barry brings in terms of leadership here, and it's certainly showing here at Blackpool," he added.