Darren Ferguson: ‘My vision and philosophy matched up with Rovers board’s’

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson

Darren Ferguson feels his own values and ideas are the perfect match for Doncaster Rovers.

The 43-year-old Scot - who has a reputation for attacking football - was unveiled as Paul Dickov’s successor at a press conference at the Keepmoat Stadium on Friday morning.

Ferguson has had a seven-month break from football after departing Peterborough United, where he won three promotions during two spells, in February.

“During my break there were things I looked at in terms of what you want out of a football club but until you meet the people in charge of it you just don’t know,” he said.

“But when we met on Monday our philosophies and our visions completely matched, and that was the most telling factor during the talks we had.”

He added: “I’m delighted to be here, I’m delighted to be Doncaster manager.

“It’s a challenge and it’s an exciting challenge.

“As the chairman said, we want to be a Championship club. That’s clear from the talks I’ve had and I’ve made it clear it’s what I expect.

“Whether that’s short or long term we’ll wait and see, but that is the aim.”

Ferguson’s reputation for attacking football precedes him and he told reporters that his ideology has not changed during his time away from the game.

“Every manager has their own way of wanting to play and their own philosophies, although I don’t want to keep using that word,” said Ferguson.

“First and foremost I just want to get to work with the group of players we’ve got.

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

“The youth thing is something that is pivotal to the club, they’re the foundations of the football club.

“There’s plenty of youth team players come through which is good and I want to reinforce that. There’s plenty of experience too.

“So I’m really looking forward to it, I’m excited by it. I’ve had a good break and I’m ready to go now.”