Rovers the right fit for Ferguson as he targets Championship return

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DARREN FERGUSON has revealed that he turned down several offers to return to management prior to being unveiled as Doncaster Rovers’ new boss.

The 43-year-old was named as Paul Dickov’s successor yesterday morning, although he will 
take on purely a watching brief in this afternoon’s League One home derby clash with Bradford City.

Ferguson, who has signed a rolling contract, left Peterborough United in February, electing to wait for the right club before returning to management.

He believes he has found that in Rovers, with his father, managerial legend Sir Alex, pleased with his choice, his aim being a third promotion to the Championship. Ferguson, who has brought in Ilkeston Town head coach Gavin Strachan – son of ex-Leeds United great Gordon as his assistant – told The Yorkshire Post: “Sometimes you don’t get your pick of jobs and there’s one or two that I have turned down.

“But this one really appealed to me.”

And on endorsement from his famous father, he added: “He’s in the States at the moment, but he’s delighted.

“He knows I wanted to get back in and knows what sort of football club this is, so he is pleased for me.”

On unveiling Ferguson, Rovers chairman David Blunt said that the League One play-offs still remain the aim this term, despite the club’s current lowly position.

And while Ferguson is not putting a firm timescale on promotion, he is not shying away from the challenge.

Promoted twice to the Championship with Posh, he added: “The aim is to get up as quickly as we can and stay up.

“But it is not going to be easy. It’s a big challenge.”

Interim-manager Rob Jones, coach Paul Butler and youth-team coach Paul Stanicliffe will pick today’s team, Ferguson confirmed.