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DON­CASTER Rovers may cur­rently be plumb­ing the depths of League One but new boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son in­sists the sky is the limit un­der his man­age­ment.

De­fender Rob Jones had been in tem­po­rary charge af­ter Paul Dickov was sacked early last month, but Fer­gu­son, who had been out of a job since leav­ing Peter­bor­ough in Fe­bru­ary, was ap­pointed on Fri­day.

And he faces an up­hill task at the Keep­moat Sta­dium, with Rovers look­ing more likely to drop down to League Two than mount a pro­mo­tion charge at present.

Be­fore the week­end they had col­lected just 11 points from their first 11 League One games yet Fer­gu­son, who has ap­pointed Gavin Stra­chan as his as­sis­tant, is in no doubt the club be­long in the Cham­pi­onship.

“I’m de­lighted to be here, it’s an ex­cit­ing chal­lenge. It’s a sound foot­ball club and my aims match those of the board,” said the Scot, 43.

“When we met on Mon­day, our philoso­phies and vi­sions com­pletely matched and that was the most telling fac­tor.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing chal­lenge. We want to be a Cham­pi­onship club.That’s clear from talks I have had and what I ex­pect.

“I have looked at the squad in de­tail and games, and it’s a good blend of ex­pe­ri­ence and youth.

“I have had a good break and am ready to go now.”

One of the key causes of Donny’s poor start to the sea­son is their woe­ful form in front of goal – find­ing the net just nine times in League One prior to Fer­gu­son’s ap­point­ment.

It’s one crit­i­cism that couldn’t be lev­elled against Fer­gu­son’s Peter­bor­ough sides, with Posh scor­ing 72 goals on their way to League One pro­mo­tion in 2013-14.

“In the past my teams have al­ways played at­trac­tive foot­ball and that’s very im­por­tant,” Fer­gu­son added. “I’m go­ing to give my ab­so­lute all to this club and the sup­port­ers.”

HUN­GRY: Dar­ren Fer­gu­son

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