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Blackpool caretaker-manager Barry Ferguson undecided over future

3 May 2014

Blackpool caretaker-manager Barry Ferguson has yet to decide where his future lies after seeing his side secure their place in the Sky Bet Championship for another season despite a 3-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic on the final day.

The Tangerines began the day 19th in the table but finished the campaign two points above the drop zone as Doncaster Rovers lost and Birmingham City failed to win.

Callum Harriott was the tormentor in chief for the Addicks, the 20-year-old winger bagging a second-half hat-trick to secure a third win in four for Jose Riga's side.

Ferguson's side, meanwhile, survive thanks to the four points they claimed from their two previous games and the caretaker-boss, who took over when Paul Ince was sacked in January, kept his cards close to his chest regarding his future at Bloomfield Road.

"I'm getting an operation soon on my ankle and I don't know whether I am going to play on," said Ferguson.

"It probably won't be at Blackpool if I'm going to play on, but I'll make that decision mid-June.

"There's no meetings planned with the chairman. We just wanted to get through the game, get to the end of the season and keep Blackpool in the Championship.

"Now we've done that. Whoever comes in and takes the job, it's a really good club. There's a lot of good things about it and there's a few bad things. If you can get them sorted then you've got every chance.

"There's only four contracted players, whoever gets the job has got the chance to come in and build their own squad and their own team. That's something that me as a young manager would love to do and most managers in Britain would love to do.

"I want to be a manager, I've decided that. It's not scared me wanting to be a manager. I've loved it. I'm just thankful for Blackpool giving me the chance. Whether it's here whether it's wherever it might be, you'll see."

Harriott struck just after the hour mark for the visitors after the first half had been dominated by Blackpool.

The youngster, whose double in their midweek win over Watford helped secure their Championship status, added a second in the final 10 minutes before wrapping up a treble in injury time.

And Addicks boss Riga, like Ferguson, would not reveal if he will still be at the club next season.

"I really wanted to end the season in the best way we could. They deserve this result," he said.

"We have to discuss (next season). From the first day I have a good feeling about the people working at Charlton and the players too. The first thing was to succeed in the mission that I take the responsibility for and I am happy for the club.

"I have to talk about my own future. I like the club and the structure, but first of all I'm happy to be able to do this with all the people, so the future I have time to think about."

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