The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Scott Hunt

IN­TERIM player-man­ager Barry Fer­gu­son kept his cards close to his chest re­gard­ing his fu­ture af­ter watch­ing Black­pool stay in the Cham­pi­onship de­spite a fi­nal­day home de­feat to Charl­ton.

A sec­ond-half hat-trick from Cal­lum Har­riott se­cured a com­mand­ing vic­tory for the Ad­dicks, whose own sur­vival was al­ready as­sured af­ter vic­tory over Wat­ford in mid­week.

De­feat for Don­caster at Le­ices­ter and a late draw for Birm­ing­ham with Bolton en­sured Black­pool will be a Cham­pi­onship team next sea­son.

And that is all that mat­ters for Fer­gu­son – not what lies ahead for him­self at the club or other­wise.

“That’s what I had to do when I took over, it’s just dis­ap­point­ing to end the sea­son on a re­sult like that,” Fer­gu­son said.

“I said to them, wher­ever we all end up, at least we kept the club in the Cham­pi­onship.”

And Fer­gu­son, who took tem­po­rary charge fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Paul Ince in Jan­uary, is un­de­cided whether he will play on but is keen on man­age­ment.

“My fu­ture is get­ting on a plane as soon as I can and get­ting on hol­i­day,” Fer­gu­son added.

“I’m get­ting an oper­a­tion soon on my an­kle and I don’t know whether I am go­ing to play on but it prob­a­bly won’t be at Black­pool if I do play on.

“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.

“We agreed when I took over, we’d get to the end of the sea­son and we’ve done that. I’ve aged about ten years in three months.

“This hasn’t scared me want­ing to be a man­ager.Whether it’s here or whether it’s wher­ever it might be, you’ll see.”

Charl­ton keeper Ben Hamer made the first save of the match in the fourth minute, com­fort­ably hold­ing Tony McMa­hon’s lon­grange strike.

The home side threat­ened again just a minute later as Stephen Dob­bie twisted and turned on the edge of the area be­fore drag­ging his left-footed shot a yard wide of the post.

Craig Cath­cart had a great chance to give Black­pool the lead af­ter 21 min­utes but nod­ded a McMa­hon free-kick over from six yards.

On the stroke of half-time Andy Keogh un­leashed a dip­ping left­footed strike which brushed the top of the net on its way over the bar.

Charl­ton forced Matt Gilks to make his first mean­ing­ful save in the first minute of the sec­ond half as top-scorer Marvin Sordell un­leashed a fierce left-foot strike from 18 yards.

And the Ad­dicks silenced the home crowd in the 61st minute by tak­ing the lead through Har­riot, who ran on to Sordell’s through ball to stroke past Gilks from 18 yards.

Charl­ton dou­bled their ad­van­tage af­ter 81 min­utes as Har­riott grabbed his sec­ond, stroking home left-footed from 12 yards fol­low­ing bril­liant work from sub­sti­tute Jonathan Obika down the left.

And 20-year-old Har­riot com­pleted a re­mark­able hat-trick in in­jury time.

Latch­ing on to Joe Pig­ott’s pass Har­riot stroked the ball left-footed past Gilks from 18 yards once more.

Charl­ton boss Jose Riga took over at the Val­ley in March and guided the Ad­dicks to safety and in­sists dis­cus­sion about his own fu­ture at the club will take place.

“I have to talk about my own fu­ture,” Riga said. “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.

“For this club I hope the best and for them to stay in the Cham­pi­onship and im­prove – that is cer­tainly one main tar­get they can have.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

HAV­ING FUN AT THE SEA­SIDE: Charl­ton’s Cal­lum Har­riott, right, af­ter com­plet­ing his hat-trick

BAT­TLE: David Perkins, right, and Charl­ton’s Diego Poyet

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