Peter Jackson was today given the City job for keeps and admitted: That must be the longest job interview in British football.

Eighty seven days after replacing Peter Taylor in a caretaker role, Jackson has signed a one-year deal at the helm. His assistant Colin Cooper, who arrived a week later, is also staying on.

The former City skipper has now promised to put everything into dragging the club out of the doldrums after their lowest finish since 1966.

“The Peter Taylor era has gone now,” he said. “I will be judged on my team, my results and my performances and I’m really excited by what’s ahead.

“This club cannot go any lower and the most important thing is to build for the next couple of years. There has been far too much doom and gloom surrounding the place and that’s got to change."

Read the full interview with Jackson in today's Telegraph & Argus