Leeds Keeps Redfearn

The Leeds United hierarchy has asked Neil Redfearn to continue as the interim boss of the first team for the time being.

Leeds has been without a regular boss for the last 20 days or so. The club board got impatient with David Hockaday only after a few defeats and showed him the door straightaway.

They have been looking for a suitable individual as the replacement for Hockaday ever since, but, have not succeeded so far.

While, the search is going on, Redfearn has been given the full responsibility and has been let known by the chairman to remain there unless anyone is slotted in on a regular basis.

The Whites have to travel to Birmingham City this weekend and it’s Redfearn who would, in all likelihood, be in charge there.

Speaking to the reporters earlier today, Redfearn said, “Massimo (the chairman) has conveyed to me very clearly that I need to keep going till the time he makes a permanent appointment at the post.”

“We have not had a great Championship and our position in the table shows that. We need to move up from here onwards and for that, of course, we need to play top football, better than what we have come up with so far.”

“I will have to pick the squad quite carefully for Birmingham. We will have to set them up.”

When asked what if the new appointment is made by the chairman before that Birmingham game, Redfearn said, “There would not be any problem in that scenario. The guy who comes in would get a prepared squad and it would be helpful for him.”

Leeds will be taking Birmingham City on this Saturday at St. Andrew’s. Birmingham will surely have an upper hand there at their home venue.

Van Der Vaart Dismisses Rumors Of QPR Contact

Former Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has dismissed suggestions that he has been contacted by QPR about a possible return to the Premier league. The 31-year-old is currently playing for Hamburg after having moved to the German club a few years ago. However, the constant threat of relegation has seen van der Vaart’s fortunes at the national team decline. The former Tottenham man was not part of the World Cup 2014 squad announced by Louis van Gaal. It is unlikely that he will return to the national team if the form of Hamburg does not improve.

Since making his debut in 2001, he has made over 100 appearances for the national team. However, he has not been part of the national team since 2013. Despite this, QPR, who have just returned to the Premier league after a one-year absence, are reportedly targeting the former Real Madrid man in order to improve the quality of the team. Harry Redknapp made it clear a few weeks ago that the club will not be making the mistakes as it did in their last Premier league campaign. He promised that there would be no overspending this time around.

Van der Vaart, though, has rejected speculation that he is involved in talks with QPR about to return to English football.

“In football you never know, but so far we have not been in touch. Harry Redknapp and I enjoyed a really great relationship back at Tottenham. He is a top-quality manager. I was in great form back then. I scored 12 (Premier League) goals in one season and I netted 13 in the other season. Harry Redknapp has not been in touch with me. He has not phoned me,” said van der Vaart. He has been one of the finest midfielders in recent times after having represented the likes of Ajax, Real Madrid, and Tottenham.

Ferguson Jr Aiming High

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has said that he is now looking to win two trophies at Wembley this year. Ferguson guided the club to success in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. This was after the team beat Chesterfield 3-1 at Wembley to win what would be the club’s first major piece of silverware. After this achievement, Ferguson said that he is not satisfied with his quest for trophies and that he wants to lead Peterborough back to the Championship in the play-off final. It is now looking highly unlikely that it available be getting promoted to the Championship through the automatic spots.

They will have to go to the play-off places in order to dream of a return to the Championship. Meanwhile, celebrations started after the club won this trophy by beating Chesterfield at Wembley. Ferguson’s famous dad, Sir Alex Ferguson, came to watch the match, but even after this victory, Ferguson Jr suggested that his father was still a bad omen to him. Ferguson says that the Wembley certainly is one of the fantastic stadiums around and that the club would want to return at a later date this season.

Peterborough occupy the final play-off place in the League One table and they are seven points above Swindon town with only a couple of matches left in the season.

“The motivation now is to get back here – it’s a fantastic arena. Hopefully today will re-energise us to reach the play-off final in May. The one thing we are good at is winning the big games and teams do not like playing us in one-off matches. If we get to the play-offs, which I believe we will, then I would be confident. This has come just at the right time for us,” said Ferguson after the match. Peterborough have won three out of the last five matches.

DELPH ON COMEBACK TRAIL

Aston Villa could be welcoming Fabian Delph back into the squad for the crunch match against West Brom according to manager Paul Lambert. The 23-year-old has missed the last two matches against West Ham and Cardiff. Even though they were without one of the key members of the team, Villa managed to stay unbeaten over the two matches. They did not concede any goals and even managed a home victory against Cardiff to improve their chances of getting into the top half of the table.

The Monday night match against West Brom will be crucial from a fans point of view since this is the first Midlands derby of the season. West Brom will have the initial advantage due to the fixture being played at the hawthorns, but Lambert is confident that his team can make use of their recent run of form to inflict a defeat on their rivals. West Brom have been conceding a lot of goals recently and Villa could take advantage of this on Monday.

Lambert, though, will be without striker Gabriel Agbonlahor since he is suffering from an ankle problem. Andreas Weimann and Antonio Luna have been two individuals suffering from hamstring injuries in recent weeks, but they could make their return in this match.

“I think Fabian will be okay for the West Brom game. We have caught the international break at the right time. Our injuries have been relentless. When you look at the side we put out we’ve got a lot of injuries. We’ve got half a team out. It shows when you have two academy kids on the bench,” said Lambert ahead of the match. West Brom have shot a lot of resilience this campaign by suffering in defeat only thrice in 11 matches so far.

After a poor start, they are showing signs of recovery in recent weeks.

UNCERTAIN FUTURE

The 22 years old forward of Peterborough United who is currently on a loan deal at Swindon Town is uncertain about his near future as he has been struggling trying to get a spot into the first-team place at London Road and has admitted to not have made any contact or talks with Peterborough United concerning his future in 2014.

His current contract with Swindon Town runs up until 2014 but from there on out the player is not sure about what will happen.

“I don’t really have much contact with them [Peterborough] and I don’t think I’ll be talking to them about much. It’s not something I can really control. I’ve just tried to do my best on the pitch when I’ve played and it’s up to other people to sit around the table and talk about’’.

“Obviously everyone likes to have their future sorted, but I’ll just try to train every day and try to do well to give myself the best possible platform for the future – wherever that may be.”

The player of Peterboroug United has already experienced loan spells with Scunthorpe, Chesterfield, Crawley and Bury and said that he has nothing but praise as he has enjoyed his time playing in Swindon Town and will just enjoy every match he gets to play until further talks are made about what he will do following the end of the contract.

“What we’ve got here is great management staff, a young team who are all trying to develop their careers and I think it’s been good for me’’.

“I think it’s brought out some good play from myself, I’ve enjoyed my time here and obviously I’m not finished yet. I’m just going to enjoy every game and every session.” Nicky Ajose said.

FAVOURITES

Peterborough United are one of the favourites to get promoted back to the Championship after having done so with Darren Ferguson in recent years. It is looking like a three horse race in the League One. Peterborough United are only a couple of points off the top of the table, which should not be a major issue according to Ferguson. He says that the experience of the team from their promotion seasons in the past will come to their benefit as the season progresses.

Ferguson came under a lot of criticism after being relegated with the club last season, but he has managed to motivate the players to start this campaign in a good fashion. More often than not, relegated teams often struggle to get their campaign going. This has not been the problem with Peterborough, as they have won 10 out of the 15 matches played so far. Competition is intense in this league especially due to the presence of Wolverhampton Wanderers, who lead the table by a seven-point advantage over Ferguson’s men.

“We’ve just got to pick up as many points as we can and see where it takes us. You have to give Leyton Orient and Wolves respect in terms of being above us. Teams will drop points along the way but we all know how to get promotions. We’ve got the experience of that and we fully know that in November it’s just another month,” said the manager to the club’s official website.

Peterborough will also have the distraction of having to play in the semi-final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. They will be facing Newport in this round of the tournament. Ferguson reckons that teams will be dropping points from now till the end of the season. Hence, he is confident of promotion. Peterborough have won only two out of the last five matches.

PETERBOROUGH REGROUP

Peterborough United were relegated from the Championship on the final day of last season, as the failed to get the necessary results over the course of the 46 game season. Despite the disappointment, manager Darren Ferguson has said that he is confident of getting promotion into the Championship at the first time of asking. As a result of relegation, the club has seen the departure of star striker Dwight Gayle. Gayle has joined the newly promoted Premier league club, Crystal Palace. Ferguson has acknowledged that the loss of Gayle is something that the club has to deal with by signing a replacement.

He has said that the arrival of a new striker is necessary if the club is to challenge for promotion. Rather than just one striker, Ferguson is ideally targeting two or three players before the end of the transfer window. Even though Ferguson has got some strikers at his disposal, he has said that if the right one comes along with, then he will not think twice about replacing the current crop. Peterborough will be beginning the new campaign with a home match against Swindon Town, and Ferguson has acknowledged that his club faces a big fight in order to win promotion.

“We’re still hopeful of bringing one or two more into the squad. I do feel that after losing Dwight Gayle we need to replace him. We have got strikers at the club and they’ll have opportunities, but I do feel if there’s the right one out there, we will replace him. We’ve had a good pre-season, we had a good week in Ireland and the aim is to get out of the league and to win the league. It’s going to be very, very difficult. It’s a really difficult league,” said Ferguson after the completion of a successful pre-season.

GOOD START

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has said that a home match on the opening day of the season will help them get a good start to the season. Posh have been let down in the last two seasons when it comes to the opening fixture. They have been handed tough away matches, which have been a reason for them to start the season poorly according to Ferguson. Home form has been a major letdown for Ferguson’s men in the last few seasons. This was one of the primary reasons for their relegation from the Championship as a result of this poor home form alone.

Ferguson is hoping to address this from this season and he is hoping that the opening day fixtures will be kinder to him. Peterborough United won only eight home matches last season, while they also lost an incredible 10 home matches as well. The club has once again returned to League One and the fixtures for the upcoming 2013-14 season will be revealed shortly. After the fixtures was revealed, Ferguson expressed his delight at being able to hope for a good start. He believes that the opening five matches as much kinder than in previous seasons, which will help them get a good start to the season.

“It’s pleasing that we start the season in front of our own supporters. Our home form will be vital. It wasn’t good enough last season and that needs to be put right. I’ve had a good look at the fixtures and I believe the first five games are good ones for us. It’s important we start the season well,” said Ferguson, whose team will be opening the season with a home match against Sweden. They will also have home matches against Crawley town and Oldham Athletic as well before making travels.

FERGUSON UNDER PRESSURE

Peterborough United are currently struggling in the relegation zone of the Championship, thus putting the manager Darren Ferguson with the possibility of becoming a League One manager once again. Ferguson has confirmed that he does not intend to be a manager in League one, and he is going to achieve safety with Peterborough United this season. The club are currently four points behind the safety positions after a poor season. There is the possibility of recuperation, though, given that there are a few months of matches remaining. Peterborough have also managed to win three out of the last five matches as well.

The 41-year-old has great experience of getting Peterborough United out of the lower leagues. He helped the club get out of the League One on two occasions – 2009 and 2011. Peterborough United also managed to stay in the Championship last season due to his expertise. After managing wins against Leicester City and Millwall, Peterborough have suffered back-to-back defeats against Bolton and Birmingham. This has once again put the pressure back on the manager. Ferguson has said that this is an important stage in the season, and he wants the players to make use of the remaining 13 matches in the season to get out of trouble.

“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. I don’t want to be a League One manager and I won’t be next season. 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 Ferguson. The club will be taking on Charlton at home in the midweek action.

CARDIFF WILL QUALIFY

The Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson is of the opinion that the Championship leaders Cardiff city will be able to qualify for the Premier League existence automatically. After failing to get to the Premier League through the play-offs position in a number of attempts during the last five years, Cardiff are finally beginning to challenge for the promotion to an automatic spot. There are currently top of the Championship table ahead of Crystal Palace by just a few points going into the crucial Christmas period. However, Peterborough United handed them a shock defeat during the weekend, which has reduced their lead at the top of the table to just two points.

Speaking after the match, the Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson, though, have said that he believes Cardiff city will be in the Premier league next season. Peterborough took the lead after just 21 min in the away match through the goal from Bostwick. Then the goal from Gayle immediately after the restart helped them to a comfortable 2-0 lead. However, Cardiff city refused to lie down and could have snatched a late equaliser after they scored their first in the 89th minute through Gestede. Peterborough, though, held on to take the three points from the match and move to within two points of safety.

“I thought we thoroughly deserved the win we played very, very well, It was a good day for us. We knew if we got ahead that with the expectation of Cardiff, their fans and their players to beat the team at the bottom of the league, it would mean we would get counter-attacks. Our second goal was a good example of that. For me there’s no question Cardiff are the best team in this league,” said the Peterborough manager. This was the fifth victory of the season for Peterborough.