DARREN FERGUSON is the Peterborough manager… for the FOURTH time.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s son replaces Grant McCann in the dugout at London Road, who himself was in his third stint as boss after taking over from Ferguson last February.
Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony has brought Darren Ferguson, right, back as manager againCredit: Rex
Posh confirmed McCann’s exit this morning with the club sitting eighth in League One following relegation from the Championship last term.
McCann – who was caretaker gaffer in 2015 and then on a permanent basis from 2016 to 2018 – returned to the club last February alongside assistant Cliff Byrne.
But after failing to keep Peterborough up, their final game in charge was Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at home to Wycombe.
However, Posh wasted no time in appointing his successor with Ferguson, 50, back at the club once more.
Sir Alex’s kid was Peterborough manager from 2007 to 2009, then again for four years from 2011 and then a further three years from 2019 before his departure 11 months ago.
But the 1993 Premier League winner with Manchester United under his dad is back in Cambridgeshire having been out of work since choosing to leave the club in early 2022.
Ferguson’s geographical proximity and knowledge of the club were key to him getting the job.
The former Preston and Doncaster chief has signed a contract until the end of the season – and the club were quick to confirm this is only a short-term solution.
The club’s board, led by Darragh MacAnthony, said: “When you look for a manager in January, it is an impossible time to get someone in, so if you were to write down what you would want in a manager, someone who identifies with how you work was a football club, someone who has had multiple promotions on their CV, someone with a style of football that gets people off their seats, where would you find a manager like that?
“It just so happens we have one that lives nearby and has agreed to come and help us until the end of the season.
“We are not talking a long-term appointment, it has been agreed between ourselves and Darren that the best way is for him to come in and work with the squad.
“He has won five promotions in his career – he will be going for number six and we are delighted that he has agreed to return.”
Ferguson’s 518th match as Posh manager, and first of this latest stint, is against Port Vale on January 16 in front of the Sky Sports cameras.