When Darragh MacAnthony threatened Darren Ferguson with the sack at the start of one of the greatest seasons in Peterborough United history
MacAnthony has been a lively guest on talkSport on Friday morning and told his surprise story during a discussion on Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom’s future.
MacAnthony said: “We’d gone up from League Two in Darren’s first full season with us and no-one expected us to go up the next season.
"I did and when we started the next season slowly I gave Darren an ultimatum. I was sitting in my office in Spain and I rang him and told him if we didn’t win our next three games I would have to bomb him.
"We had Leeds coming up and I was soon getting a call from Barry Fry saying Darren hadn’t taken the phone call very well.
"I shouldn’t have done it, but I was young and stupid back then. I wouldn’t do it now.
"We did win the next three games though!”
Posh were 14th in League One after a 2-2 home draw with Tranmere, but won at MK Dons (2-1), beat Leeds at London Road (2-0) and then won at Walsall (2-1) which was the start of a 14-game unbeaten run.
Posh ultimately finished second behind champions Leicester City to secure back-to-back promotions to the second tier for the second time in the club’s history.
Ferguson was sacked in November of the following season when Posh were bottom of the Championship.