War of words as Fergie hits back at Dons

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DARREN Ferguson has launched a scathing attack on Sam Baldock and has branded MK Dons ‘out of order’ for comments made in the latest twist of what has become a farcical transfer saga.

Baldock rejected a move to Peterborough after meeting the manager at London Road on Wednesday, turning down a four-year contract.

Despite opting to remain at stadium:mk, Baldock spoke highly of Ferguson, but admitted that the move didn’t really ‘inspire him’.

Baldock said: “I have always liked Darren Ferguson, I had a good chat with him and I have a lot of time for him, but it was the club that I wasn’t attracted to.”

But Ferguson has hit back at the striker who he was desperate to sign as recently as 24 hours ago, by claiming Baldock was ‘unenthusiastic’ in their meeting.

He also blamed Dons for allowing Baldock’s comments to become public, and seemed determined to have the final word.

“In my opinion, Milton Keynes Dons Football Club are out of order by allowing their player to talk about our football club in the manner that he did,” Ferguson said on Peterborough’s official website.

‘The meeting with Sam took place, he came and met me and he was very unenthusiastic, his body language was very poor and I knew straight away that I didn’t want to sign him for this football club.”

Ferguson went on to claim that Baldock did not fit into his mould as a player he’d want in his squad, despite trying to sign the 22-year-old for the last month.

He added: “I only want young, hungry players that want to get success, that is how we have achieved three promotions in the last four years.

“Meetings like the one I had with Sam on Wednesday can be turned into a positive because it makes you realise just how lucky you are to have worked with players like Craig Mackail-Smith and George Boyd amongst others.”