So what have we learnt about Posh from the first 20 League One matches of the season? And what do Posh need to do to achieve promotion? Here’s what Alan Swann thinks...
Back the boss
1) It’s not the preferred option of every Posh fan, but as chairman Darragh MacAnthony is unlikely to pull the trigger unless the wheels fall off completely, what’s the point in negative support, especially during a game?
One of the highlights of the Posh win at Orient was the noise generated by the travelling fans. I think positive support makes a difference and Posh fans should try it at home more often.
2) Anyway sacking Darren Ferguson is fraught with danger. I can’t see many inspiring out-of-work alternatives who would relish working for a demanding chairman. On the way to Orient I cast my vote for Oldham boss Lee Johnson should Ferguson depart. Oldham lost 4-0 at home to a side managed by former Posh boss Gary Johnson that same day!
A wizard and Oz
3) I’m sure Ferguson and his staff are working on a way to get gifted playmakers Marcus Maddison and Erhun Oztumer into the same side and doing so successfully could be a key to making the end-of-season play-offs (I’ve ruled out a top two finish).
Maybe the way to go is one striker with Maddison, Oztumer and Jon Taylor running amok behind him.
Lose the loans
4) Who that one striker would be though is anyone’s guess. Assuming ‘The Mac Attack’ depart in January, Ferguson would either have to repair the confidence of Conor Washington, Luke James and Kyle Vassell or do more work in the loan market. Hopefully he takes the first option as loaning players, even club legends, is short-term thinking when long-term planning should be the priority.
Get stuck in
5) Posh also need to shed what looked like a shocking inferiority complex when top two Swindon and Bristol City visited London Road last month. Fans will accept defeats more readily if they’ve seen their team at least have a go by getting stuck in, something that didn’t happen for the majority of those two games.
6) And if Posh do fail to finish in the top six let us all hope that they’ve gone down in a blaze of glory by playing fast-paced, attacking, entertaining football. The dire football on show has been as frustrating as the results.
7) Gaby Zakuani leaves for the African Cup of Nations after the Christmas programme. Posh must recruit a new centre back or play Michael Bostwick alongside Christian Burgess. There are no alternatives.
Turn Twitter off
8) Chairman Darragh MacAnthony would probably do himself and his manager a favour by turning Twitter off for 24 hours after a game and by blocking the more persistent trolls after a defeat.