Fergie baf­fled by Wolves spec­u­la­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - by ALAN SWANN alan.swann@jpress.co.uk

DAR­REN Fer­gu­son is as baf­fled as ev­ery­one else by news that book­mak­ers stopped tak­ing bets over the week­end on him re­plac­ing Wolves man­ager Terry Con­nor in the sum­mer.

Posh boss Fer­gu­son’s mini-break in Spain was interrupted by text mes­sages from friends in­form­ing him that he had be­come an odds-on favourite to take the helm at Mo­lineux.

But Fer­gu­son has em­phat­i­cally told The Evening Tele­graph that he has had no con­tact with Wolves and that he is not even think­ing about leav­ing London Road.

“It’s cer­tainly not me putting the money on!” Fer­gu­son joked. “I had no idea what was hap­pen­ing un­til I

@Alan­swan­net had a text from a friend in Ire­land ask­ing me what was go­ing on as the book­ies had sus­pended bet­ting on me mov­ing to Wolves.

“I have had no con­tact with Wolves and I don’t ex­pect any. I have no idea what Wolves want, although I have read they want a young man­ager as Dougie Freed­man (Crys­tal Palace man­ager) has been men­tioned.

“Dougie used to play there as I did so maybe that’s why I’ve been men­tioned. I had five good years there al­beit for four dif­fer­ent man­agers and it is a big club.

“But I’m just look­ing for­ward to go­ing back to Wolves to play them as it’s an­other fan­tas­tic fix­ture for a club like ours.”

Posh chair­man Dar­ragh Ma­can­thony dis­missed the spec­u­la­tion link­ing Fer­gu­son with a move over the week­end and Wolves dis­tanced them­selves from the Posh boss yes­ter­day.

Fer­gu­son in­sists all his thoughts re­main on pre­par­ing Posh for a sec­ond suc­ces­sive sea­son in the Cham­pi­onship. The play­ers are due to re­port back for pre-sea­son train­ing on July 1 and the first-team squad will then head to Por­tu­gal for a train­ing camp the fol­low­ing week.

Fer­gu­son will also use the rest of this month to con­tinue scout­ing for po­ten­tial new play­ers.

Fer­gu­son added: “My staff were out watch­ing games over the week- end and I in­tend to get to the Cham­pi­onship and League One play-off fi­nals.

“Ide­ally I want as many of our new play­ers as pos­si­ble on the plane to Por­tu­gal. It’s a longer pre-sea­son than nor­mal, but I’m ex­pect­ing my play­ers to come back re­freshed and rar­ing to go. There’s no doubt they needed a rest and there’s also no doubt they earned it.”

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