Just over half of the people who responded to a Peterborough Telegraph poll regarding the future of Posh manager Darren Ferguson want him to leave the club.
Over 1,000 votes were cast online in a simple ‘Fergie in/out’ poll run this week with 54% voting in favour of a new Posh boss.
The closeness of the vote gives some idea of how hard a decision chairman Darragh MacAnthony will soon have if Posh League One results don’t improve quickly.
Given that Ferguson is managing a team in freefall this season and given that they have been going backwards in each of the last three seasons, Ferguson’s personal ratings are holding up pretty well.
But that could change if Ferguson doesn’t soon arrest the slide down the Football League.
A fact acknowledged by the man himself who described the current run of form as ‘embarrassing’.
“I’d rather every press conference wasn’t about me,” Ferguson stated when told the results of the poll.
“But I understand why it’s the case. We badly need a win so we can start talking about the team again.
“I’d have guessed the support for me would have been around the 50% mark and I know we all have to do better.
“Notts County would be a good place to start. We have a great record there in my time at the club and we usually enjoy fantastic support so hopefully that will continue.
“It’s another tough game for us, but it’s one we can win.
“I watched County at Doncaster on Tuesday and they played in exactly the same way as they did at our place earlier in the season.
“They are a dogged side, hard to break down, but it’s important that we win a game soon.
“The run we are on has become embarrassing.”
Ferguson’s future is ultimately in the hands of his chairman rather than disgruntled supporters.
The Peterborough Telegraph contacted MacAnthony with the results of our poll.
His reply was brief and to the point.
MacAnthony said: “All that matters right now is winning and Notts County.”
MacAnthony is desperate for Ferguson to succeed. The pair have forged a strong relationship in their near-seven years together at Posh.
But the chairman is also a businessman and he will not be afraid to make a tough personal decision should relegation to League Two become a possibility.
Ferguson should be safe this weekend unless Posh suffer an absolute mauling, but the game the following Saturday against Yeovil at the ABAX Stadium could be decisive.
MacAnthony will find a second defeat this season at the hands of a team managed by Gary Johnson - a manager he sacked when Posh were seventh in League One - hard to stomach.