Posh have appointed Eoin Jess as the club's new first team coach

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has appointed former Aberdeen and Nottingham Forest midfielder Eoin Jess as the football club's new First Team Coach. 

The 41-year-old has penned a three-year deal and Ferguson is pleased to add Jess to his back-room staff. 

'I have been very patient and quite meticulous about getting the right one in. I have spoken to a few people, but I was made aware of Eoin's availability. He has done a very good job within the Nottingham Forest Academy and feels he is ready to start working with first team players.

'I have spoken to a number of people within the game and after meeting him myself and watching him take a session with the youth team, I know he is the right one. He had a very good playing career and I know him as he is from Aberdeen and I lived there for a while.

'He was an attacking player and a good footballer and after doing my research on him, it became apparent that his philosophies are exactly the same as ours and that was the most important thing. He will be a good addition. It was a void that needed filling when Mark Robson left.

'I felt that last season, myself, Mark and Kevin Russell worked very well together. Eoin will fit into that dynamic. Kevin's position will not change and Eoin will just replace Mark it is a simple as that.

'It is no slight on Gavin Strachan, in fact it is a compliment to him that I want him to remain with the youth team because I see that as a such an important role in getting players' through. Eoin will bring fresh ideas and I am glad it is done before the start of the season. He has worked with young players, he wants to progress in his career and he is excited about the opportunity. 

'To be fair, when I came back to the club I had never worked with Mark Robson or Barry Richardson before and they were different to what I have worked with before and I enjoyed that so I am looking forward to working with Eoin. He is a good addition to the group,' Ferguson said. 

In his playing career, Jess made over 600 league appearances and scored over 100 goals at a number of clubs including Nottingham Forest, Bradford City, Coventry City and most notably Aberdeen, where he made over 200 appearances.