The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFFS -

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.”

DE­TER­MINED: Fer­gu­son

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