Darren Ferguson makes shock return to Peterborough hot seat

12 January 2011 12:02
Darren Ferguson has made a sensational return to the Peterborough hot seat, just 15 months after he was axed by the League One club.[LNB]Chairman Darragh MacAnthony unveiled the son of Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson at the club's London Road ground, replacing Gary Johnson at the helm.[LNB]Johnson was sacked earlier this week after disagreements with MacAnthony.[LNB] Shock return: Darren Ferguson has been reappointed as Peterborough manager[LNB]But 38-year-old Ferguson has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year deal with MacAnthony bringing back one of the most successful managers in the club's history, after he guided them from back-to-back promotions in 2008 and 2009.[LNB]Ferguson, who lost his job as manager of Championship strugglers Preston earlier this month, said: 'It was an easy decision for me to return.[LNB]'Contrary to what some people may say, me and the chairman have always had a great relationship and this is a really good football club.[LNB]'There have been a lot of changes but we can get this club back on track.[LNB]'There was no falling-out. Toward the end of my time here I maybe got a bit complacent. It was easy to get carried away with the success we had.[LNB]'We both agree we have learned a lot. We were naive going into the Championship last time but we will learn from that.[LNB]'It has to be positive from now on. We've had a 15-month break but let's get back on with it.'[LNB]Ferguson is confident of an immediate return to the Championship.[LNB]He said: 'You'd have to say automatic promotion is still possible this season. Anyone who can go on a run has got a right chance.[LNB]'I know the saying is 'never go back' but I don't believe in that.[LNB]'I've missed the place. I've had a hard 12 months at Preston but it's good to be back.[LNB]'We want to get into the Championship and stabilise in the Championship. That has always been the aim.'[LNB] Back on old ground: Ferguson said he was pleased to return to London Road[LNB]The chairman said: 'I asked him to come to the game last night and he has signed for four-and-a-half years. Let's make the magic happen again.[LNB]'I haven't enjoyed owning the football club over the last 18 months or so and I hope this can change that.[LNB]'We have both realised that the grass isn't always greener.'[LNB]MacAnthony had also claimed that Ferguson had taken members of the Posh squad drinking and unsettled them with offers to join him at Preston.[LNB]But he too hopes to crown a fresh start with another promotion.[LNB]He said: 'I came out with some silly things last time which I regret but we have always had a lot of respect for each other.[LNB]'I gave him his first shot as a manager and he gave me back-to-back promotions.[LNB]'We started a project together and we can now finish it together.[LNB]'It's been a rocky 15 months since Darren departed. Our hardcore fans will be delighted that Darren is back.'[LNB]MacAnthony hopes Ferguson can restore stability at the club.[LNB]Ferguson will now look to lead Posh to promotion for a third time after watching his side move back into the play-off places with a 2-1 win over Brentford on Tuesday night.[LNB] Axed Preston boss Ferguson starts talks over shock Peterborough returnJohnson leaves Peterborough after fall-out with chairman MacAnthonyThe 2010/11 managerial merry-go-round: Gary Johnson leaves Peterborough by mutual consent [LNB]  Explore more:People: Alex Ferguson, Darren Ferguson, Gary Johnson

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