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Mon 9th Nov - Pressure mounts as Ferguson rumoured to be sacked



It's getting time for the ambitious Championship owners (of which there seem to be many) to press the panic button.

Rumour tonight is that Darren Ferguson has been sacked by Peterborough after their hapless display at Newcastle.

Whilst Ferguson only signed a new 4 year contract in the summer after Reading were showing an interest in signing him, he is apparently the lowest paid manager in the Championship.

Peterborough are currently denying anything officially as yet.

The other managers under pressure, still Chris Coleman at Coventry as his team nosedive towards the bottom of the table and also Kevin Blackwell at Sheffield United, 4 defeats in a row before tonights draw at Barnsley and only 15th in the table.

Meanwhile things are certainly looking up for Roy Keane and Paul Sturrock as both their teams are starting to hit a bit of form despite being our favourites for the chop.

--- Quote ---Darren Ferguson sacked by Peterborough United - reports
By Sportsmail Reporter

Darren Ferguson has reportedly been sacked as manager of Peterborough United.
The son of Manchester United boss Sir Alex has led the club to back to back promotions, but the Posh have endured a torrid start to life in the Championship this season.
Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Newcastle United saw them drop to bottom place, having picked up just 11 points from 16 games.
A Sportsmail source confirmed the rumours that Ferguson has left his post at London Road, but the club's director of football Barry Fry and chief executive Bob Symms refused to confirm or deny reports of Ferguson's departure when leaving London Road on Monday afternoon.
Ferguson also refused to deny the reports but told BBC Radio Cambridge that he 'hadn't heard anything'.

The 37-year-old admitted he had been in talks with the board, but refused to go into detail and described it as a 'normal day'.

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Apparently he's gone. Absolutely crazy decision from Peterborough given that there has been great interest in Ferguson from other clubs in the Championship and there will likely be further interest from the likes of Hull in the coming weeks. The most baffling thing is that Peterborough have just given him a 4 year contract which they will now have to pay up to move him from his position. Had they held onto him and he moved on then they'd have been due a hefty compensation payment upon his departure. Add all this to the fact that Peterborough have a transfer policy in place that prevents Ferguson from signing players on Championship wages and you can see a complex situation has developed. Very strange.


I've attached what Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony said 1 month ago.

Quite an inetresting read how Ferguson is the best man for the job.

Apparently MacAnthony has a plan to get into the Prermir League fairly soon.

And we thought we had problems with Mike Ashley !!

--- Quote ---Posh owner slams doubters
London Road chief backs under-fire boss Ferguson
By James Riach   Last updated: 1st October 2009   
MacAnthony: Unhappy

We didn't come into this league to be laughed at or to be known as the whipping boys, we came to compete and to entertain and to excel ourselves and go even further
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Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony has branded Posh's last home attendance as 'pathetic'.

Darren Ferguson's side slipped into the Championship relegation zone after a 2-1 defeat to Plymouth at London Road on Tuesday, and MacAnthony has issued a rallying cry to the clubs fans.

The owner has urged the supporters to get behind Ferguson after a difficult start to the season, and is hoping they can turn things round when they host Nottingham Forest at the weekend.

"Right now as a football club we have approached a crossroads," he told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.

"We have lost 50 per cent of our league games and made a lot of mistakes in losing them.

"Our gates are poor and people locally do appear to have lost some faith as shown with a pathetic attendance of 6,500 Posh fans on Tuesday night.

"We didn't come into this league to be laughed at or to be known as the whipping boys, we came to compete and to entertain and to excel ourselves and go even further.

"This is what my team is all about and they have not let me down yet and have not started now.

"They belong here and they will get us out of our current situation and there is no better manager in this country to do this with them than the one we already employ."

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