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Darren Ferguson (born 9 February 1972) is a Scottishmarker football manager, and former professional football.

He began his playing career at Manchester United, but spent most of it at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wrexham in the lower divisions of English professional football.

He was the manager of Peterborough United until he left by mutual consent on 9 November 2009. Previously he'd been promoted to player-manager in 2007 while the club were in League Two and having led them to promotion in each of his first two full seasons in charge, to the Football League Championship.


Darren is the son of Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United football manager, and Lady Ferguson, the former Cathy Holding. He has two siblings: his twin brother, Jason, and an elder brother, Mark.

His father brought him through the youth ranks at Manchester United, giving him his first team-debut in 1990. Darren played in United's first 15 games of the new Premier League in 1992–93 during the absence of the injured Bryan Robson, and although he did not play in the league after November, he did play enough games to qualify for a title winner's medal at the end of the season.

However, his first-team chances were very limited in 1993–94 and he was transferred to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £250,000. He spent five years at Wolves, during which they qualified for the Division One playoffs twice and finished in the top 10 on four occasions, but couldn't quite gain promotion to the Premier League.

He left Wolves in 1999 to sign for Sparta Rotterdam. Between 1999 and 2007 he played for Wrexham making more than 300 appearances, scoring over 50 goals and helping them win promotion to Division Two in 2003. Ferguson also lifted the LDV Vans trophy for Wrexham after scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win over Southend United.

Football management

In 2001 Ferguson was linked with the management post at Wrexham, following the departure of Brian Flynn. At the time, he assisted caretaker manager Joey Jones. After manager Denis Smith was sacked in January 2007, Ferguson was again touted as a candidate, but coach Brian Carey was appointed instead. There were suggestions that Ferguson and Carey had clashed, as Ferguson had expected to be appointed. Carey, who had left Ferguson on the substitutes bench for his first game, denied this. The pair had argued a year previously, following a defeat to Leyton Orient. Ferguson later stated he was disappointed not to be considered for the management position, and stated the club would have done better under him than they did under Carey.

Shortly after his father celebrated twenty years as manager of Manchester United, Darren followed him into football management. On 20 January 2007 he left Wrexham to become player-manager of fellow League Two side Peterborough United. Previous manager Keith Alexander had been sacked after a run of six straight defeats. He led the club to a 10th placed finish in his first season of management. In his first full season of management, he took Peterborough to second place in League Two, thus gaining them promotion.

He was named League Two manager of the month for March 2008, after they won six games out of eight in the month. Ferguson had led them to the top of the league, with a run of thirteen wins and three draws in sixteen games.

In his second full season, the 2008–09 season, he led Peterborough to second place and automatic promotion to the English Championship. He has also won the League One Manager of the Month award for March 2009, following 6 straight wins, including a 1–0 victory over local rivals Northampton Town, after Gabriel Zakuani was sent off after 7 minutes, and a 2–0 victory over then league leaders and League One champions Leicester City. On 25th April 2009 Ferguson's Peterborough were promoted to the Championship after a 1–0 win at Colchester United.

Ferguson left Peterbrough on 9 November 2009, by mutual consent, after a disappointing start to the 2009-10 season.

Personal life

In June 2003, he married Nadine Metcalfe. The couple, who have two children, Charlie (Nadine's son from a previous relationship, born 1999) and Grace (2002), separated in August 2007. On 23 October 2007, Ferguson was arrested on suspicion of assaulting his estranged wife on the driveway of his father's home in Wilmslowmarker, Cheshiremarker. He was released on bail.

He appeared at Macclesfield Magistrates Court on 23 January 2008 charged with common assault, to which he pleaded not guilty. On 10 April 2008 he changed his plea to guilty and was fined £1500, plus costs.

He married his partner Nicola on April 27th 2009 in Stamford.

On 5 May 2009, Ferguson's ex-wife and her two children were involved in a road accident in Lower Withingtonmarker, Cheshiremarker. After suffering serious injuries, Nadine Ferguson was airlifted to Wythenshawe Hospitalmarker.



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Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Peterborough United 21 January 2007 09 November 2009 145 73 32 40


  1. Dragons job 'too soon' for Ferguson
  2. Carey to lead Dragons for season
  3. Carey praises departed Ferguson
  4. Wrexham deny Ferguson 'bust-up'
  5. Wrexham's Carey error - Ferguson
  6. Ferguson named Peterborough boss
  7. Nadine's "Match of the Day" Oldham Advertiser
  8. The WAGs (property) boutique
  9. Fergie jr on assault charge
  10. Posh boss Ferguson arrested
  11. Peterborough boss denies assault
  12. Ferguson's son admits wife attack

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