Ferguson targets promotion hat-trick at Posh

DARREN Ferguson has targeted winning a third promotion with Peterborough after completing his shock return to London Road.

The 38-year-old took Posh from npower League Two to the Championship in successive years during his first spell in charge but left in acrimonious circumstances in November 2009 with the club bottom of the second tier.

A poor year in charge of Preston followed for Ferguson - where he was sacked after Christmas - while chairman Darragh MacAnthony has seen Mark Cooper, Jim Gannon and Gary Johnson try and fail to emulate his success with the League One side.

Johnson was the latest to depart on Monday but after a 2-1 win over Brentford on Tuesday night lifted Posh up to fifth, Ferguson, who said it was an easy decision to return, is confident of an immediate return to the Championship.

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.

“I know the saying is ‘never go back’ but I don’t believe in that.

“I’ve missed the place. I’ve had a hard 12 months at Preston but it’s good to be back.

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“We want to get into the Championship and stabilise in the Championship. That has always been the aim.”

Confusion surrounded Ferguson’s departure 15 months ago, with director of football Barry Fry telling a press conference that he believed the Scot had been tapped up by another club - something that proved false.

MacAnthony had also claimed that Ferguson had taken members of the Posh squad drinking and unsettled them with offers to join him at Preston.

But he too hopes to crown a fresh start with another promotion.

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.”