Fry opens door for Albion

Last updated : 15 June 2009 By Iain Bate - Wba-mad Editor

Peterborough United’s director of football, the infamous Barry Fry, has opened the door for an approach of their manager, Darren Ferguson, but has assured Jeremy Peace they’ll be taking a leaf out of his book. 

The much maligned Albion chairman took a tough stance when Celtic came calling for Tony Mowbray with his compensation fee of £2 million finally reached by the Hoops after days of deadlock between the pair.

Now, with Albion’s search for a new manager set to start within days, Fry has revealed the Posh would welcome an approach for their sort after manager – but only on their terms.

“I think Darren would see most Championship clubs as a sideways step in his career, but I don’t think that would be the case with Albion,” the former Birmingham City boss said.

“They are a Premier League club in my opinion and I’m sure any young manager would be interested in them. We have played them four times in the last two seasons and they have a superb squad of players.

“But the situation with Darren is the same as the situation West Brom had with Tony. We don’t want to lose him and we would not welcome any approach.

“Jeremy Peace played hardball with Celtic over Tony and we would play hardball with them over Darren.

“But if they agreed to pay the compensation we wanted then we would have to let him speak to them. We know he will leave us one day because he is destined for the top.”