Ferguson told to improve results or else...

Aaron Mclean reacts after missing a penalty for Posh.
Aaron Mclean reacts after missing a penalty for Posh.
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Chairman’s ultimatum: Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has been ordered to improve results or fa ce the consequences.

In an interview with the Peterborough Telegraph Ferguson revealed details of his weekly phone call with chairman Darragh MacAnthony following last week’s FA Cup exit at the hands of Colchester.

According to Ferguson, MacAnthony remains supportive of his position... for now.

“I spoke to the chairman after a game like I always do and he was fine,” Ferguson stated.

“We discussed how we felt the game went as usual. Obviously we were both disappointed.

“He was supportive, but he also told me that results have to get better and I accept that completely.

“There’s no doubt that I am under pressure.

“We’re all frustrated with how things are going, but football is littered with examples of form turning around very quickly.

“You only have to go back to earlier this season and what was happening at Newcastle to see that.

“One of the few certainities in football is that you can’t win every game and you can’t lose every game.

“This is a very big month for us now and if we can win the next couple of games I am sure we will be up and running again.

“I have a good chairman and I have a set of players who are all behind me and who are all working very hard to turn our run of results around.

“The dressing room is still strong and there is no doubt in my mind that we are all in this together.”

Posh have a tricky trip to Leyton Orient this Saturday and then host third-placed Preston at London Road on December 20.

Posh have picked up just one point from their last six League One matches, but remain just three points outside the play-off zone.

MacAnthony, who is not normally slow to vent his frustrations on social media after a game, has been quiet this week.

It’s understood the chairman’s relationship with Ferguson remains strong. The manager signed a new four-year contract in the summer.

Ferguson has received a boost with the return of star man Marcus Maddison to fitness.

He will be inthe squad for the Orient match as will on-loan pair Craig Mackail-Smith and Harry Beautyman who were both ineligible to play at Colchester.