New Peterborough manager Mark Cooper believes he is ready to make the grade in the Coca-Cola Championship and save the club from relegation after being plucked from non-league.
Cooper, 40, has been handed a three-and-a-half-year contract to replace Darren Ferguson at London Road after leaving Blue Square Premier side Kettering in rude health. But Cooper - who will be joined by assistant Nicky Eaden - has never managed a game in the Football League and has a tough task on his hands to save Posh from the drop.
"It's a fantastic opportunity and I am really pleased to be here. It all happened very quickly but I am ready. Football is the same at every level and the only difference is the players I will have here will be much better," Cooper told the club's official website.
"As long as you get the basics right and your methods are right then I don't think there will be a problem.
"I have always had good results working within strict financial constraints and look forward to that continuing. Nigel Clough went from the Conference to Derby and there are a lot of good coaches out there. You have to get your hands dirty."
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