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Ferguson Ready For Challenge

10 May 2013

Darren Ferguson spoke passionately to the official club website on Friday about his plans to win League One.

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson spoke exclusively to the club website on Friday following individual meetings with the playing squad at London Road.

The Posh boss is confident his side can clinch promotion back to the npower Championship at the first time of asking with the players due to report back for pre-season training on 24th June.

Ferguson, who saw his side relegated on the final day at Crystal Palace, said: 'It is dealt with. I have never experienced relegation as a manager. The club has, but I haven't personally and it took a couple of days to sink in because I never doubted us for one minute. The only time I thought we would be relegated is when that final whistle went at Selhurst Park.

'When you have that much confidence in the group, it is really hard to deal with. I was convinced that we would stay in the league. As it turned out, the big man was not looking down on us on the one day that we needed him most and you need that luck.

'Straight after, when we got off the bus, I thanked the players for their effort. I took a couple of days to digest everything, soul searching took place and that is it, It can be cruel, it has gone now. We move on.

'I can't keep going back to Selhurst Park. It was a blow there is no question about that. For everyone at the club, it was horrible. If you let it go on it can do your head in. My only motivation now is to get back to the Championship. Myself and the chairman have spoke at length. He was planning on Sunday morning and that is a good thing.

'We intend to win League One. We will keep the majority of the squad. The club's won't change about how we go about things. We will get offers for players. It is not an easy League, League One, but the lads will be back for the 24th June and we have to start the league well and blow teams away. I only have one intention, to win the League.

'Some players will have to go, but we know where we want to go with this. This is going to be nine months in League One. There is no doubt about that. I am not being arrogant, we want to get out of the league straight away. The fans need to be picked up. I would not want to be our opposition on the opening day of the season. There will be so much anger and frustration in our players at the disappointment of going down.

'My players know where it went wrong this season. We know it was our start and it cost us our place in the Championship. That will be taken care of. From a business point of view, we have to balance the books though. Dwight and Lee will have interest and we have to deal with it like we have done with previous players.

'If bids come in, we will discuss it, but I have told all of the players that mentally they need to be ready to come back on the 24th June. We have had good, open, frank discussions and it has been very good. Tommy Rowe only has a year left on his contract and we have had a good chat.

'There is a chance Tommy will move on because of that situation. We can't afford for him to have his contract run out. There will never be a problem between the club and Tommy Rowe. He has been fantastic. He is not on the list or anything, but I think people will understand where I am coming from.

'I need a break, but on the other hand, I am chomping at the bit. I am seeing the chairman next week and I don't think there will be big changes in the summer,' Ferguson said.


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