Fighting talk from London Road: players are behind their boss

Posh's Christian Burgess.
Posh's Christian Burgess.
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The Peterborough United playing squad are determined to dig manager Darren Ferguson out of a hole.

The Posh boss has become an increasingly isolated figure as the club’s League One campaign lurches from one poor performance to another.

In a social media poll conducted by the Peterborough Telegraph this week 54% ot those who took part want Ferguson to be replaced.

But centre-back Christian Burgess, the player whose mistake ultimately led to last week’s 2-1 defeat at Port Vale, insists Ferguson retains the backing of the dressing room.

“The manager defended the players at his fans’ forum last week,” Burgess said.

“But there’s only so much a manager can do. The players have to put things right on the pitch and we are all striving to do just that.

“We showed earlier in the season at Bradford City that we can fight for victories and we need to get back to that sort of level.”

Ferguson is planning several changes to the side that started the 2-1 defeat at Vale.

It’s thought that left-back Kgosi Ntlhe, midfielder Harry Beautyman and playmaker Erhun Oztumer are at risk with Jermaine Anderson among those pushing for a recall.

Ferguson said: “I wasn’t happy with certain things I saw last week so there will be changes.

“We will have to wait and see how many, but everyone knows I’m very flexible in the way I set teams up.

“It’s absolutely vital that we find a way of getting a victory, any sort of victory.”

Posh are monitoring potential loan players in the January transfer window, but the club would still prefer to offload unwanted performers like Tyrone Barnett before bringing anyone in.

League Two side Oxford remain keen on Barnett, but Posh want to sell one of their big wage-earners rather than loan him out.

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Posh chief executive officer Bob Symns insists manager Darren Ferguson has the full backing of the club’s hierarchy.

Symns claims no boardroom discussions have taken place regarding a cut-off point to decide Ferguson’s fate, but he called the manager ‘a man of integrity’ and hinted he would know when to walk.

Symns, speaking on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire last night (Wednesday), said: “We have had no direct discussions regarding his future, but Darren is a man of integrity and he would know the right time to start a conversation himself.

“He has our full support right now as do the players. The manager believes he can turn things around and we are with him.”

Ferguson was last night waiting to hear the results of an FA disciplinary hearing into his behaviour at a recent game.

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