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Blackpool's ex-Rangers star Ferguson targets management

Blackpool midfielder Barry Ferguson says he is intent on getting into management next season.

The 35-year old former Rangers and Scotland star has almost completed his coaching badges and is excited about moving into a managerial role but is unsure regarding what his playing future holds.

"I've six days left to complete my A Licence which I'll complete in June. I'll then tackle the UEFA Pro Licence. The course is excellent," he told MailSport.

"I want to be a manager. I want the pressure. I need it. I've had pressure since I was 17.

"In time, I hope a job comes up. I wouldn't want to be a player-manager, it's either one or the other. You lose a bit of both if you try to do two jobs.

"And I might only get one shot at it. I look at the number of top Scottish managers out of work at the moment and it's an unforgiving environment.

"I have a plan and know the guys I want for my backroom staff. They will join me if I'm lucky enough to get a position.

"I'll apply for jobs. I'm not scared to start a couple of leagues down. It's about getting on the ladder. It's not about money. That's not my motivation.

"It would be easy to say I'll play for one more year then get out my golf clubs, have a few beers every day and put on two stone. I don't want to go down that road.

"I've not set targets but one day I'd love to manage Rangers. I'd be a liar if I said otherwise."

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