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Ferguson Junior denies he was tapped up

Ousted Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson has denied claims made by the club's director of football, Barry Fry, that he had been tapped up by a Premier League club prior to his departure.

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Ferguson, son of Manchester United boss Sir Alex, left the Championship club by mutual consent on Tuesday after they slipped to the foot of the table. But the 37-year-old's dismissal raised eyebrows after he guided the club to back-to-back promotions from League Two to the second tier and chairman Darragh MacAnthony called a press conference to insist that the decision was mutual.

But after it was revealed that the decision was taken following a meeting with Fry on Sunday the vocal former Peterborough manager let slip that he expects Ferguson to be at another club within days.

Fry said: "I think Darren will get a job very soon and my own personal opinion is that he already has one. He will get a chance at a big club and he will do very well. There is no doubt about that. Every day there is a different club linked with him so he will be all right. There will be nobody more delighted if Darren manages a Premier League club successfully than us."

Asked directly if he thought that Ferguson had been tapped up, Fry replied: "Yes."

But Ferguson issued a statement, via the League Managers Association, on Wednesday afternoon that refuted the claims.

"Unfortunately, Barry Fry has today intimated that I already have a new position in place. I can categorically confirm that is 100% untrue," the statement read.

"However, these comments have not impacted upon my feelings towards my time at Peterborough United, the players, the chairman and the supporters of the club."

The bookmakers have installed Ferguson as the favourite to replace Phil Brown at Hull City. Former Reading manager Steve Coppell, who turned down Brighton last week, is second favourite.

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