WE’LL PROVE THEM WRONG
. . . Fergie is keen to make fools of the bookies
DARREN Ferguson insists Posh will make fools of the bookies . . . as long as he acquires the majority of his summer transfer targets.
The first odds relating to the 2012/13 Championship season were published this week and Posh are effectively second favourites for the drop behind Barnsley with all bookmakers.
Posh have been listed at 100/1 to win the title. Big-spending Leicester are the current favourites at 8/1.
But Posh boss Ferguson said: “I don’t care what the bookmakers think, I know that if I get the players I am after we will do better than last season’s 50 points and stay well clear of trouble.
“We were among the favourites to go down last season and it never looked like happening. There were six teams below us at the end and of those that stayed up with us I guess they think Forest will have a much better season.
“I guess the bookmakers are taking the way we finished last season into account and the fact that the teams coming up probably won’t struggle.
“But I am confident we will enjoy another good season as long as we get the players we want.”
Ferguson (below) reported no further progress on new signings. The club are refusing to comment on speculation this summer, but Posh are understood to be interested in Fleetwood striker Jamie Vardy, MK Dons midfielder Stephen Gleeson and Northampton midfielder Michael Jacobs among others .
Vardy is expected to join Leicester in a £1 million deal today, a record sale for a non-league player.
Dons yesterday offered Gleeson a fresh and improved contract following the club’s exit from the League One play-offs. Gleeson’s current deal expires next month.
Ferguson watched triallist striker Conor Washington training with the Posh youth team yesterday. The St Ives forward earned a three-day trial at Posh after scoring 52 goals in 50 games for the club.
Ferguson added: “Conor looked sharp. He’s clearly a decent finisher which is what I expected to see considering his scoring record, but he will be assessed over three days before we make a decision.”
Posh have sold 4,335 season tickets for next season. There is a cap at 5,000 sales.