United Sack Ferguson & May Repent At Leisure


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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8 Responses

  1. Stumpy says:

    I think there is more that will not surface due to confidentiality clauses etc in the seperation. However, it has been suggested that Ferguson “lost it” in the dressing room after the Newcastle game (alledgedly attcking a player) and told the young team (that he has assembled) that are not good enough. The Chairman is a force of nature who believes in positive thinking and asked Barry Fry (we hate him at Peterborough) to speak with Darren on Sunday about the rumors only for Fergie to state that he wants out.

    Now this is conjecture but seems to be the “between the lines” read of the press conference (which featured an almost apoplectic and sychphantic Fry alongside the chairman)

    Bottom line is that many Posh fans (40% in a recent local paper poll) wanted Fergie out – the fact is that we were considered the “Chelsea of the lower leagues” and many Posh fans were convinced that Fergie got lucky with the money made available to him. He did not sign George Boyd, Aharon McLean and Craig Makail-Smith (that was the previous manager) and all of his signings have not been as good as these three.

    We’re a small club and much of these ins and outs have been missed by a media focused on the headlines and soundbite but, despite the fact I supported Fergie up until the end, the suspicion is that his success was down to McAnthony’s money not his managerial skills – time will tell I guess

  2. Curious George says:

    I would be interested to know how MacAnthony is funding the club. Is the £2.5m a loan or has he just given it to the club?
    Do Posh fans have any cause for worrying that if MacAnthony gets bored he will leave, demand his £2.5m back and then the club is in deep doo doo with highly paid players, poor crowds and a big debt?
    I mean, its not like it would be the first time this happened at a a football club…..

  3. Martin says:

    We (AFC Wimbledon) turned MacAntony down when he wanted to have such “fun” with us.

    Every day that goes by makes that look like a wiser decision.

  4. Paul says:

    Doesn’t matter whose in charge at the Posh, fat Barry still keeps his job!

  5. Paul says:

    And the other thing that should concern Posh fans, if MacAntony walks is that the club don’t own their London Road ground. It’s still part of Colin Hill’s property folio.

  6. Gervillian Swike says:

    I’m obviously not as close to the Peterborough situation as Stumpy is, so I’ll bow to his superior knowledge on the inside track at Peterborough, and whether the team was any good. But I don’t think you can underestimate Ferguson’s achievement there. Even with the £2.5million (not inconsiderable, but not exactly riches beyond the dreams of avarice, especially bearing in mind the resources available to some of their rivals last year), it’s still a major achievement to get two promotions on the bounce from a position of being also-rans. And even though some of the better players weren’t signed by Ferguson, he still had to use those players to very good effect.

    A lot of clubs would have been envious of Peterborough over the last few years, and I’m sure that Ferguson has the kind of determination and talent that will serve him well.

  7. Paul says:

    Looks like the Kettering Town boss, Mark Cooper, son of the old Leeds and England defender Terry Cooper is red-hot favourite to be the next Posh manager. Rumoured to be appointed on Sunday, subject top Posh agreeing terms with the Poppies for his release.

  8. NottyImp says:

    Several of the players who contributed to Posh’s success in the last few years were in fact signed by Keith Alexander in his short reign before Ferguson arrived.

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