Darren Ferguson defiant over Peterborough United battle

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has said he is determined to not become a League One manager again.

Posh are bottom of the Championship and four points adrift of safety after Tuesday's 1-0 loss at Bolton.

"The players should enjoy the challenge of trying to keep the club up. The difference between this league and the one below is absolutely gigantic.

Posh's season-by-season drama

  • 2011-12: Avoid relegation by 10 points after spending most of the season near the bottom
  • 2010-11: Win promotion to the Championship through the League One play-offs
  • 2009-10: Relegated as the Championship's bottom club
  • 2008-09: Win automatic promotion from League One
  • 2007-08: Win automatic promotion from League Two

"I don't want to be a League One manager and I won't be next season," Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Asked to clarify his position, Ferguson insisted he would not leave London Road should Posh go down and the comment reflected his resolve to keep Posh in the Championship.

"I don't want to be a League One manager, the players know that.

"The players don't want to be League One players. You want to stay in this league.

"It's a fantastic league and we've still got a fantastic chance of doing that," said the 41-year-old Scot.

Ferguson has twice taken Peterborough out of League One - in 2009 and 2011 - and succeeded in keeping the club in the Championship last season.

But Posh have followed successive wins over Leicester and Millwall by losing back-to-back games and travel to in-form Blackburn on Saturday.

"This is the most important part of the season," Ferguson added.

"We've got 13 games to go and quite possibly we might need to win nearly half of them. It's a big ask - but I know we can do it. I am 100% convinced we can do it."