Darren Ferguson appointed new Doncaster Rovers manager
Darren Ferguson has been appointed manager of League One club Doncaster on a one-year rolling contract.
Former Preston and Peterborough boss Ferguson succeeds Paul Dickov, who left the club in September following a difficult start to the season.
The 43-year-old left Peterborough in February, and told a news conference: "I'm delighted to be here -- it's an exciting challenge. It's a sound football club, and my aims match those of the board.
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"Being out for six months gives you time to reflect, learn and take that in to your next job. League One is anyone's."
Doncaster under-21 coach Rob Jones, appointed as interim manager following the departure of Dickov, will revert back to his old position, Ferguson said.
"I had a good chat with him last night," he added. "He's a top pro and I'll expect that to stay the same."
Doncaster chairman David Blunt said he wanted Ferguson to steer the team, currently 20th in the table, back into the Championship.
"Darren, who fought off up to 70 applicants, brings a record of attacking football," Blunt said.
"He ticked a number of boxes, and we want to get to the playoffs and ultimately be a sustainable Championship side."
Later on Friday, it was confirmed that Gavin Strachan, on Ferguson's backroom staff at Peterborough, would become his assistant at Doncaster.
"I initially played under Darren at Peterborough and then I worked my way up to first-team coach under him,'' the 45-year-old said.
"The opportunity to work with Darren again at such a good club was such an easy decision."