Manager Darren Ferguson was sacked today (February 21) just under 11 months after leading Peterborough United to Wembley glory.
The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy is a much-maligned competition, but Posh, and particularly chairman Darragh MacAnthony, regarded it as a major triumph. Add three promotions and it makes Ferguson the most successful manager in the club’s history, in terms of tangible success.
Ferguson managed Posh in 367 competitive matches. Posh won 161 of them, drew 73 and lost 133. That’s a respectable winning percentage in all competitions of 43.87%, better than Noel Cantwell’s record (41.81) and Chris Turner’s (42.96) - two other successful managers who had two spells in charge at London Road. Only the legendary Jimmy Hagan has a better win percentage as Posh manager than Ferguson, of those managers who took charge of 50 games or more.
Ferguson’s 367 games in charge is bettered only by Barry Fry’s mammoth 488 matches as manager.
Ferguson was appointed as Posh manager in succession to the late Keith Alexander in January 2007. Posh won promotion from League Two (as runners-up to MK Dons) in his first full season in charge.
Ferguson steered Posh to promotion again the following season (again as runners-up, this time to Leicester City in League One) to emulate Turner’s feat of back-to-back promotions and a place in the second tier of English football.
Ferguson lost his job the following season with Posh stuck at the foot of the Championship, but returned within 13 months to seal his third Posh promotion through the League One play-offs in May 2011.
Darren Ferguson as Posh manager
January 2007 - November 2009
P145 W73 D32 L40 F248 A172
January 2011- February 2015
P222 W88 D41 L93 F359 A319
P367 W161 D73 L133 F607 A591
Selected Posh managers
(Best win %, all competitions since joining Football League in 1960, qualification 50 matches)
Jimmy Hagan (1960-62) 56.88
Darren Ferguson (2007-09 & 2011-2015) 43.87
Chris Turner (1991-92 & 1993-94) 42.96
Peter Morris (1979-82) 42.70
Noel Cantwell (1972-77 & 1986-88) 41.67
Gordon Clark (1964-67) 41.04
John Barnwell (1977-78) 40.00
Norman Rigby (1967-69) 38.57
Mark Lawrenson (1989-90) 38.24
Jim Iley (1969-72) 36.26
Barry Fry (1996-2005) 34.22
John Wile (1983-86) 33.15
Mick Jones (1988-89) 30.51
Jack Fairbrother (1952-54) 30.36
John Still (1994-95) 29.17
Lil Fuccillo (1992-93) 25.86
Most Posh matches as full-time manager since joining Football League
1 Barry Fry 488
2 Darren Ferguson 367
3 Noel Cantwell 342
4= Peter Morris 178
4= John Wile 178
6 Gordon Clark 173
7 Jim Iley 169
8 Chris Turner 142
9 Jimmy Hagan 109
10 John Barnwell 80