Players issue apology to sacked manager

Posh captain Jack Payne led a series of apologies to sacked manager Darren Ferguson.
Posh captain Jack Payne led a series of apologies to sacked manager Darren Ferguson.
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The Peterborough United players have been queuing up to apologise for their part in the Saturday (February 21) sacking of manager Darren Ferguson.

Ferguson’s second spell in charge of Posh came to an end after four years and one month following a 3-0 League One mauling at MK Dons.

Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony culled five members of his coaching staff along with Ferguson. Also sacked were first-team coaches Gavin Strachan, Gary Breen and Jimmy Walker, plus sports scientist Marc Lindsey and match video analyst Stewart England.

Academy chief Dave Robertson will take charge of this Saturday’s (February 28) League One match with Bradford City. He will be asssisted by Grant McCann and Aaron Mclean. McCann, the early favourite with the bookmakers to become the new Posh manager, left Posh last month to play for Northern Ireland-based Linfield, but will assist with coaching on his days off.

Mclean is on loan from Bradford until the end of the season. He is ineligible to play against them on Saturday.

Posh skipper Jack Payne took to Twitter 24 hours after Ferguson’s departure to state: “I have spoken to the gaffer and apologised to him for our performances because they haven’t been good enough. And we all know that.”

Experienced centre-back Gaby Zakuani, one of the last remaining links with the Posh glory days under Ferguson, added: “Gutted for the gaffer and all the staff we have parted company with because they did genuinely give everything. We let them down big time.

“But now it’s time for us all to stick together and for us the players to remind everyone what Peterborough United is all about. Can’t help but look back with fond memories, but we are fully dedicated to bringing back the good times in this new era.”

Posh winger Jon Taylor, who was signed by Ferguson last summer, said: “The manager deserved 10,000 times more as he did everything for us. The players have let him and the coaching staff down which I am ashamed about as him and his staff were all great coaches and great people.

“They will 100 percent be missed, but now we all have to stick together because the whole club deserves better. We need to turn things around as soon as possible.”