Eoin Jess appointed first-team coach by Peterborough

Eoin Jess

Former Scotland midfielder Eoin Jess has joined Peterborough United as first-team coach.

The 41-year-old has agreed a three-year deal to replace Mark Robson, who left in June to become Barnet's head coach.

"I have been very patient and quite meticulous in getting the right one in," said Posh manager Darren Ferguson.

"After doing my research on him, it became apparent that his philosophies are exactly the same as ours and that was the most important thing."

Jess had two spells with Aberdeen during his playing career, but also spent time in English football with Coventry, Bradford City, Nottingham Forest and Northampton, as well as winning 18 internationals caps.

He later returned to Forest to take charge of their Academy but left that position three months ago.

"Eoin will bring fresh ideas and I am glad it is done before the start of the season.

"He has worked with young players, he wants to progress in his career and he is excited about the opportunity," Ferguson told the club's website.

Gavin Strachan, the son of former Coventry, Southampton, Celtic and Middlesbrough manager Gordon, had been working as acting first-team coach, but will revert to his normal role of youth team boss.

"It is no slight on Gavin Strachan, in fact it is a compliment to him that I want him to remain with the youth team because I see that as a such an important role in getting players through," Ferguson added.