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Ferguson: I Love Derby Games

31 January 2014

Barry Looks Ahead To Blackburn Test

Barry Ferguson is relishing the opportunity of taking charge of Blackpool in a Lancashire derby at Blackburn Rovers tomorrow.

The midfielder, who celebrates his 36th birthday this weekend, will look to guide The Seasiders to three points for the first time since late-November at Ewood Park.

"I'm looking forward to it, it's a derby game and I love derby games. I don't think I really need to say anything to the boys because they know what's expected," he said.

"I'm going for three points. If you see the way I set out my teams, I've got a way that I want to play and I've had this in my head for the last couple of years when I've been doing my coaching badges. I just think it's important that we care about ourselves and not about anybody else. I'll try and attack as I've done in the previous two games."

Ferguson spent 25 minutes with the players in the dressing room in the aftermath of defeat at Reading on Tuesday night, calling for plenty of character and debate.

"I just feel that we need players to voice their opinions, I like people voicing their opinions and I like people having a go at each other," he admitted. "If people have a go at each other after that argument or after that game, they're all mates and they know that."

The midfielder has been able to add new faces to his squad this week as he looks to put a marker down for things moving forward.

"It's a new experience and I'm enjoying the experience. It's good that I can go out and get my own players and make my own mark on the team."

The mark on the team he speaks of will continue to come from the touchline, with Ferguson sticking to his principles on the subject of playing and managing.

"I've always said that if I got offered the opportunity to manage, which I have in the past, I'd hang up my boots. I've not hung up my boots because I've not got the job but I just feel it's right for me to be on the sidelines. People can disagree but that's my opinion.

"I've got players that can fill in my position, no problem. They did that when I was injured and they did that when I wasn't here 14 months ago," he added.

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