Troubled Fergie to attend FA disciplinary hearing

Darren Ferguson on the touchline during the game against Colchester. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
Darren Ferguson on the touchline during the game against Colchester. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.
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Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson faces a touchline ban if found guilty of improper conduct at an FA disciplinary hearing tomorrow (January 22).

Ferguson was charged with ‘using language and/or behaviour which amounted to improper conduct’ towards match referee Jeremy Simpson at half-time in the recent 2-0 defeat by Colchester (January 10) at The ABAX Stadium. Simpson ordered Ferguson to watch the second-half of that game from the stands.

Ferguson had until January 19 to respond to the charge and the fact that he is attending a hearing suggests he is contesting it.

If found guilty Ferguson can expect a touchline ban and a big fine. Ferguson has previous form having received previous touchline bans while managing Preston and Posh.

The under-fire Posh boss did receive support from his playing squad today (January 21) as centre-back Christian Burgess admitted it’s the players who need to act to turn around a desperate run of League One form which has seen nine defeats in the last 12 matches.

Burgess, whose blunder led to Port Vale’s winning goal last Saturday (January 17) said: “The players know what we’ve been producing isn’t good enough and with every defeat the pressure increases.

“The manager defended the players at his fans’ forum last week and to be fair to him there’s only so much he can say. The players have to put things right on the pitch.”

Posh have appointed a new physio. Jonathan Chatfield started work at the club yesterday (January 20). He is a former Posh youth team goalkeeper and replaces Chris Burton who left London Road last week.

Ferguson has claimed that Posh have suffered 21 player injuries this season.

Posh centre-back Gaby Zakuani was on the substitutes’ bench as DR Congo drew 1-1 with Zambia in their opening African Cup of Nations match on Sunday (January 18). DR Congo are next in action on Thursday (January 23, 7pm) when tackling Cape Verde.