The largest Peterborough United supporters club has issued an emotional farewell to sacked manager Darren Ferguson.
The Posh Independent Supporters Association (PISA 2000) released a statement yesterday (February 22) thanking Ferguson for his service to the club.
Ferguson managed Posh in 367 competitive games in two spells and led them to three promotions and a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final win at Wembley.
Ferguson has been replaced, probably in the short-term, by Posh Academy boss Dave Robertson.
The PISA 2000 statement read:
‘PISA 2000 would like to place on record their thanks and appreciation to Darren Ferguson for all his service at our football club in his two spells.
We, like most Posh supporters, find it unbelievably sad that things have ended as they have, but also feel it is a decision made in the best interests of the club and indeed Darren himself.
He has given us some great times over the years he has been at London Road and our memories will never fade, he will always be welcome back to our ground whenever he returns and whoever he is working for (apart from Cobblers of course).
PISA 2000 fully support Darragh MacAnthony in his efforts to find a new managerial team and in the meantime of course are fully behind Dave Robertson and his staff in their interim spell.
When times are hard it is imperative the fans support their team and not desert them. The noise made by the near 2,000 Posh fans at the imposters (MK Dons) on Saturday (February 21) show that the passion remains and we call on all Posh fans able to make Saturday’s match v Bradford to do so and get behind the lads.
Now is the time to show our unconditional support for our great football club and indeed our owner who has reiterated his commitment to the club and in his statement clearly shows the respect he has for us fans.
In the meantime it only remains to thank Darren for all his efforts, his relationship with the supporters has been in general very good and he has regularly thanked us fans for our backing.
Ferguson’s place in the history of Posh is guaranteed and his reputation as a manager should not be sullied by recent events.
We wish him and his family well for the future and thank him from the bottom of our Posh hearts for everything.’
PISA e-mailed the statement to Ferguson and received a warm phone call in return.
Ferguson has yet to speak publicly following his weekend departure.