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Barry Ferguson: 'I was talked into playing return'

Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson looks on during the Championship match against Reading on January 28, 2014
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Blackpool boss Barry Ferguson reveals that he decided to return to playing after talking with his staff and players.

Blackpool interim player-manager Barry Ferguson has revealed that he decided to return to the team after talking to his staff and players.

The 36-year-old had not taken to the field since replacing Paul Ince in January.

Ferguson, who named himself in the starting lineup for Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Leeds United, has admitted that he enjoyed being back in action.

"I was a bit hesitant about putting myself back in. I hadn't trained in a long time," he told the Blackpool Gazette. "I had done plenty of bike and gym work but no football, but I enjoyed it.

"I had a chat with the staff and spoke to a few of the players, and they wanted me to at least try. I'm willing to do everything and anything I can to turn this run of results around."

Blackpool are currently two points clear of the Championship relegation zone with four games remaining.

Brian McDermott. manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United at Hillsborough Stadium on January 11, 2014
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