Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has today (June 5) signed a new three-year contract at London Road.
But while Fergie was agreeing a new deal, first team coach Kevin Russell was leaving the club. He departed by mutual consent and will be replaced by Gavin Strachan, who steps up from the Under 18s.
Ferguson, who has led the club to three promotions including from League One to the Championship twice, said: ‘I am delighted to be signing a new three-year contract with the club. After lengthy talks between the chairman and I regarding the future and where we both wanted to take the club and him showing me such support again gave me great belief of where the future lay. I explained my vision of how we continue to be a success both in the development of our players and also on the pitch. I am very excited at the prospect of being at the new training ground on a permanent basis where we will get the opportunity to do this.
‘It is a blow to lose Kevin as he has been with me during all my time as a manager and without him our success would never have been possible and I cannot thank him enough, but we both felt the timing was correct. I am looking forward to working closer with Gavin, whose work with the youth team has not gone unnoticed and he is more than ready for the step-up and along with all the other staff are committed to trying to be successful both with the development of our players and success on the pitch.”
Strachan said: “It is a very proud day for me and it’s a role that I am really looking forward to. I know how this football club works, I have been here for a number of years and I cannot wait to start working with this group.
“I have been working with the Under 18s and a few of those have already made the step up into the first team group and that progression can be hard so I can hopefully help them with that transition, but also work with the more experienced players here at the football club. I am very much looking forward to pre-season training and really getting stuck in to my new role.”
Russell said: “After seven challenging yet rewarding years at Peterborough United Football Club, the time has come for me to move on.
“I am looking forward to a new chapter in my career. Although saddened at the idea of leaving, I am equally excited at the prospect the future holds for me.”
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