MacAnthony backing his manager for now, but says ‘you’re not unsackable’

Darragh MacAnthony left, and Darren Ferguson . Photo: David Lowndes

Darragh MacAnthony left, and Darren Ferguson . Photo: David Lowndes

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Darragh MacAnthony insists Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson is not ‘unsackable’.

The Posh chairman was reacting to suggestions on social media that Ferguson has remained in his post, despite a terrible run of form, because it would be too costly to sack him.

However MacAnthony, speaking before the playing squad left for a five-day warm-weather training camp in Spain this week, said: “The manager is certainly not unsackable.

“Darren has a three-year contract at the club, not four as some have been saying, and it’s not the cost of dismissing him that keeps him in his job.

“Darren is manager because I still believe in him. The easy decision would be to change the manager as I have done in the past and as other clubs often do, but that’s not the right move for now.

“In my eight years or so as chairman I have always backed the manager.

“I have always signed players - in fact I would bet that no club has signed as many players as we have in the last few seasons.

“It still irks me that people question my commitment to the club.

“In the last year I have put an absolute fortune into the club - millions in fact - so keeping the manager is definitely not a financial decision.

“And make no mistake if I felt that Darren had lost the dressing room he would be gone by now.

“But that isn’t the case. The players are all with Darren and they have all bought in to what we are trying to achieve and how we want to achieve it.

“You don’t need to be a genius to work out how to get out of League One.

“We have done it twice before in my time after all .

“You need to play on the front foot, don’t over-complicate things tactically and just be very aggressive.

“It’s not the Championship where you need sometimes to play on the counter-attack.”