Mclean backing Fergie to turn Posh season around

Aaron McLean in action against Bristol City.
Aaron McLean in action against Bristol City.
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Striking legend Aaron Mclean is adamant under-fire manager Darren Ferguson is the man to turn around Peterborough United’s season.

Mclean, who has returned to Posh on loan from League One rivals Bradford City, issued the public vote of confidence in the build-up to a televised FA Cup showdown at Colchester on Sunday (December 7).

Posh’s only victory in the last seven games arrived in this competition when they scraped past League Two strugglers Carlisle in the first round last month.

It is a dismal run which has put Ferguson’s position under scrutiny, but Mclean stressed: “This is a great club with an absolutely brilliant manager.

“He is under a bit of pressure at the moment, but that is part and parcel of football when a team is not doing too well.

“There is no doubt in my mind – and hopefully not in the minds of everyone one else too – that he is the man for the job.”

Mclean has been granted permission to line up for Posh at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Sunday in a clash of two woefully out-of-form teams which is being screened by BT Sport.

A first-round victory at non-league minnows Gosport Borough is Colchester’s only success in recent weeks. They have lost their last four League One fixtures.

Mclean is yet to find the net in two appearances since returning to Posh, but he hopes to break his duck this weekend.

“I’d gone a few weeks without even training in the company of first-team players at Bradford,” added Mclean.

“It was always going to be tough to thrown in to the Posh team straight away, but I’m glad the gaffer did it.

“We’ve had to do a lot of work and a lot of running in the last two games and I can now feel my sharpness coming back.

“Now I just want to get back scoring goals and hopefully that can happen on Sunday.”

The experienced Mclean (31), who has played at all four levels of the professional game in England, recognises he also has an important role to play off the pitch.

He continued: “A lot of the young players at the club have never experienced a run like this before.

“The experience will only help them in their careers, but right now we have to make sure we get back to winning games.

“A good run of results breeds confidence but a bad one takes it away. We need to get back on track to start lifting the spirits of the whole town.

“Experience can’t be bought and you have to actually be in a situation like this to learn how to deal with it.

“Young players will always look to the senior pros in a time like this and it is important to learn from the likes of myself and the other lads in the squad.”

Mclean starred in a memorable Posh triumph at Colchester in the FA Cup almost seven years.

League Two Posh won 3-1 at their Championship hosts (who featured Teddy Sheringham in their ranks) on that occasion with Mclean bagging the opening goal.

How everyone would love a similar outcome on Sunday . . .