The days of spending big and importing ready-made talent seem to be long gone ‚Äď and if that leaves a few complaining about lack of ambition, Ferguson is only too happy to applaud manager Alan Pardew‚Äôs progressive approach.
‚ÄúIt is a different club from a few years back, that is true,‚ÄĚ fullback Ferguson told the Sunday Sun.
‚ÄúThe manager has made a big difference. He‚Äôs been fantastic for us younger lads.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs not afraid to give us a chance and it gives us all so much confidence to know there‚Äôs an opportunity for us there.
‚ÄúAt Stoke last year he gave me a chance when it would have been easy to go for someone more experienced ‚Äď he did the same in an important game at Nottingham Forest too. It‚Äôs a good thing for the football club.‚ÄĚ