Interview: ‘I wasn’t a failure at Posh’ - Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson with Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony just before the pair parted company.
Gary Johnson with Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony just before the pair parted company.
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Gary Johnson insists his brief spell as Peterborough United manager shouldn’t be classed as a failure.

Johnson returns to the ABAX Stadium on Saturday for the first time since he was dumped to pave the way for the return of Darren Ferguson to the club.

And the Yeovil boss took the opportunity to point out the good he did for Posh in his short nine-month stay.

“I left the team seventh in League One with a game in hand on the teams in the play-offs,” Johnson recalled.

“And I signed Lee Tomlin and Grant McCann who went on to do great things for Peterborough. I certainly don’t class my time there as one of my failures.

“It was unfortunate the way it ended, but the chairman wanted Darren back and I fully understand why.

“I didn’t leave on particularly bad terms and I have great admiration for what the chairman has done for Peterborough.

“Off the field they are the perfect business model with the profits they have made by finding good players and selling them on at a vast profit.

“Obviously it’s difficult to maintain success when good players are always leaving, but Peterborough have managed that better than most.”

Johnson admits surprise at the recent struggles Posh have endured, but is a big supporter of chairman Darragh MacAnthony’s decision to back Ferguson in times of trouble.

Johnson believes he can empathise with his opposite number on Saturday.

“It can cause problems in the future when you over-achieve in relation to size of your fanbase.” Johnson added.

“Those fans who start watching the club in the good times, expect success every season and that can be difficult.

“It’s happened to Darren and it’s happened to me after I took Yeovil into the Championship. I’ve been surprised by Peterborough’s recent form though, especially after the way they started the season.

“But they won at Notts County last week which suggests the spirit in the squad is strong. You have to fight as well as play well to win at County.

“They have a match-winner in Marcus Maddison as well so I expect a strong finish to the season from them.”

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