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By ESPN Staff

Preston announce Darren Ferguson as new boss

Preston have appointed Darren Ferguson as their new manager, the Championship club have announced.

Ferguson takes charge of the Lilywhites after signing a three-and-a-half year deal at Deepdale and brings with him his former coaching team Kevin Russell and Scott Taylor.

The 37-year-old Scot forged an impressive CV during a two-and-a-half year tenure as manager at Peterborough United, gaining consecutive promotions for the Cambridgeshire club taking Posh from League Two to the Championship.

Preston chairman Derek Shaw insisted Ferguson was the outstanding candidate for the job and backed him to embark on a successful new era.

Shaw said: ''Darren immediately came under our radar when we began the search for a new manager and we are delighted to have him in place so quickly. Darren is young, British and very ambitious. We are very confident he will prove a success here at Preston North End.''

Ferguson has admitted there is additional pressure on him to succeed at Preston because of his father's success at Manchester United. The 37-year-old has been installed as Alan Irvine's successor on a three-and-a-half-year contract but conceded comparisons would always be made with his father, who has won 11 Premier League titles, five FA Cups, three League Cups and two European Cups since taking over at Old Trafford in 1986.

Ferguson said: "I'm very, very ambitious and with my name I cannot afford to fail. Pressure is there in any walk of life but you've got to try and be successful. If you win enough games you will be fine, if you don't then you will be under pressure.

"But Preston have generally given their managers a chance. History suggests that and that was a big part of me coming here. The club has a fantastic tradition, is very stable and has a good base of Championship players with a mix of experience and youth.''

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