Ferguson picks up Preston reins

06 January 2010 01:46
The highly-rated 37-year-old had been a free agent since leaving Peterborough in November and succeeds Alan Irvine at the Lancashire club.[LNB]Irvine, 51, was surprisingly shown the door last week despite saving the Lancashire outfit from relegation in 2007/08 and guiding them into the play-offs last season.[LNB]Kevin Russell and Scott Taylor, who were part of Ferguson's backroom staff at London Road, have also joined North End.[LNB]Preston chairman Derek Shaw insists Ferguson was the outstanding candidate for the job and backed him to embark on a successful new era at Deepdale.[LNB]Shaw said: "Darren immediately came under our radar when we began the search for a new manager and we are delighted to have him in place so quickly.[LNB]"Darren is young, British and very ambitious. We are very confident he will prove a success here at Preston North End."[LNB][LNB] Coca Cola Ch'ship Promotion 09/10 Win Outright: Preston 25/1  

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