Doncaster Rovers: Westley full of admiration for Ferguson

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson

Doncaster Rovers have got themselves a “special manager” in Darren Ferguson.

That’s the verdict of current Peterborough United boss Graham Westley.

Ferguson, in just his second game in charge of Rovers, returns tomorrow to the club where he began his managerial career eight years ago, a club he guided to three promotions in two separate spells.

Following his appointment in January 2007, the Scot delivered back-to-back promotions and Peterborough’s first season of Championship football for 16 years.

He left London Road in November 2009 with Posh bottom of the Championship but returned in January 2011 to steer the club to promotion from League One for a second time.

In winning the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last year, Ferguson not only became the only manager in United’s history to win three promotions but also the only one to win a cup final at Wembley.

And Westley is full of admiration for his opposite number, who is plotting back-to-back wins with his new club.

“Darren’s achievements at Peterborough were enormous,” said Westley.

“The chairman and others at the club still hold him in high esteem and that is only right.

“I know from personal experience how hard it is to win back-to-back promotions. You have to be a special manager to achieve that.”

For Ferguson it will not be his first return to London Road as an opposition manager. His Preston side won 1-0 there in a Championship fixture in January 2010.

“It’s hard to predict how football fans will react, but Darren certainly deserves a good reception,” said Westley.

“I expect he will be feeling quite strange about coming back, but he will be professional and he will doubtless have Doncaster well prepared to face a club that he knows well.

“Doncaster have not been in great form this season, but it’s obvious already that there are no gimmes in League One.”

Peterborough are seven places and four points better off than Doncaster going into tomorrow’s game. Their last three home games have produced no fewer than 18 goals.