FERGIE: I WILL WIN LEAGUE ONE TITLE
FAR from moping after suffering the first relegation of his career, Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson is already plotting to win next season’s League One title.
Posh slipped through the Championship trapdoor last weekend when they lost a 3-2 thriller to Crystal Palace and Barnsley and Huddersfield played out a draw.
But Ferguson is adamant that he’s ready for the challenge next season after the initial shock that came with relegation.
“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,” he said.
“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.
“My only motivation now is to get back to the Championship. Myself and the chairman have spoken at length.
“We intend to win League One.We will keep the majority of the squad. The club won’t change about how we go about things.
“My players know where it went wrong this season. We know it was our start and it cost us our place in the Championship.”
Ferguson did however concede that he will struggle to keep all of his squad together, admitting he is expecting bids for strikers Dwight Gayle and Lee Tomlin.
He added: “We will get offers for players. It is not an easy league, League One, but the lads will be back for June 24 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.”