Ex-Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson wants return

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson has twice been in charge at London Road

Former Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson says he "would love" to return to management in time for pre-season.

The son of ex- Manchester United boss, Sir Alex, left his second spell at Posh in February after four years.

And the 43-year-old has spent time at European giants Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in preparation for his next job.

"I've been to watch both Real and Bayern Munich train to learn some new techniques and that was brilliant," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"[I spent] three days in Madrid with [Real boss] Carlo Ancelotti and [assistant] Paul Clement. They were going through a tricky time and how Ancelotti dealt with it was interesting. They were very welcoming and I appreciated them looking after me."

Ferguson left Peterborough with the League One side in 15th, after just one win in five home matches.

Despite the poor run of results that led to his dismissal, he said the way he feels his team should play would not change.

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson won the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with Peterborough in 2014

"I perhaps paid a price for my footballing philosophy," he said. "People may look at that and think it's stubbornness, but if you have a philosophy, I don't think you should change it.

"This next decision is a huge one for me in terms of where I go with my managing career.

"I'd love to get back for the start of pre-season. I can't turn too much down as I need to work but it needs to be right."

Asked about reported recent interest in him from Notts County, who subsequently appointed Ricardo Moniz, and Portsmouth, Ferguson confirmed one of them had approached him.

"One of them had contact with me, as did a few others," he added. "It's all about timing.

"I'm not actively looking for a job, I'm enjoying the break but I don't want a longer break than three or four months."

Interview by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's Nick Fairbairn.

Top Stories