Peterborough chairman convinced Ferguson Jr can lead them into Premiership

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony is convinced Darren Ferguson can take the club into the Premiership this season.

Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony is convinced Darren Ferguson can take the club into the Premiership this season.

MacAnthony, 33, who made his millions in overseas property, is convinced next season there will be a Fergie v Fergie duel at Old Trafford.

He told The Sun: "Darren Ferguson was the one. We didn't interview anyone else. I did not want a manager with too much experience as I wanted someone who was fresh.

"I never got many opportunities due to my lack of experience. My father was very successful as a businessman and I wanted to do the same and prove I could do it, like him.

"I thought Darren would be the same. Very rarely does he tap into his dad and he doesn't keep ringing Manchester United for loan players. I know he has a great relationship with his dad but wants to do things his own way and I really respect that.

"I hate Manchester United as I love Liverpool. But Alex Ferguson is a class act and hats off to him. Martin O'Neill and Harry Redknapp also showed class when they came here to London Road but having been in this game a couple of years now, I now realise there are other managers who are total w*****s.

"But we have the best manager outside the Premiership. No wonder clubs like Reading and West Brom wanted him this year and QPR last year. But he didn't want to go.

"I've put in about £7.5million, now. People think we have paid lots in transfer fees and we have compared to some teams but we have invested in the future.

"We go into lower leagues and non-league and get the best players in that position. We bring them through from an early age and make sure they all live 10 or 15 miles from the club. They will grow together and peak together.

"There is a massive buzz here as we have momentum from the last two years. What our manager has is a team with an average age of 22.

"We don't know how good they could be. The manager is excited that he could create history and get three promotions in a row to the Premiership.

"What Darren deserves is a top-12 Premiership club. Hopefully, that will be us. If we are in the top 10 of the Championship come January, then I think we'll get promoted."

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