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West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire
West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire
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I’d love a new Posh manager. Should Jose Mourinho ever fancy slumming it for a couple of years I’d get rid of Darren Ferguson today.

I’d even take Tony Pulis (right) if it meant the end of the disastrous defending that has blighted this Posh campaign.

But until men of that stature become available, I’ll trust the judgement of chairman Darragh MacAnthony. If one man deserves our backing, it’s the man who has bankrolled the club through the good and the bad times.

Fans’ protests are proven time and time again to be a complete waste of time and energy. There are stubborn chairmen all over the country who don’t like to be seen to be pandering to the whims of mean-spirited, knee-jerk reactionaries.

The ‘eight-minute’ protest at Aston Villa last weekend went well didn’t it?

Pressure groups tried to persuade Villa fans not to take their seats in the Holte End in protest at chairman Randy Lerner and manager Paul Lambert.

It failed miserably. About 150 fans responded to the appeal from fanzines and websites - the rest took their seats as normal even though their team is playing as badly as Posh right now.

Those who organise protests often make the mistake of thinking that everyone shares their views. We don’t.

Maybe the vast majority of fans just love to watch their team win or lose without having the distraction of a noisy minority trying to affect changes which come with no guarantee of success.

Don’t hear so much from now do we? Recent Newcastle United results might even lead to the creation of

And where are those West Ham fans who booed their team off after a win against Hull last season as part of their public show of dissent towards manager Sam Allardyce?

Still turning up at Upton Park I suspect and enjoying the current excellence of their team.

And whatever happened to those Red Knights?

Weren’t they going to save Manchester United from the clutches of owners who have spent a vast fortune in the past 12 months trying to get the club back into the Champions League?

It’s happened at Posh in the past as well.

Who could forget the red card protest aimed at Barry Fry’s management? It floundered as soon as Fry started waving one around himself and Posh were a far worse side then, than they are now.

Back then many fans claimed they would never return to watch Posh while Fry remained at the club.

I bet most of them were at Colchester in 2009 and Old Trafford in 2011 glorying in the brilliance of teams that Fry and Ferguson helped put together.

Of course protest should be allowed, but maybe reflect on the effect you have on the team you profess to support before joining in actions that are usually futile and often damaging.

Hero of the week: Stuart Pearce

Well done Stuart Pearce for ramming words of criticism back down the throats of useless football pundits Danny Mills and Steve Claridge by guiding Nottingham Forest to an unexpected victory at Derby last weekend. Pearce has shown that managers can get back up from the canvas. Will Darren Ferguson do the same?

A bore, a thug and a hooligan

Sledging in cricket has reared its ugly head again and no surprises that Aussie thug David Warner is the one of the men under the microscope.

I’m sick and tired of the macho posturing by the likes of Warner (above) and England bowler Jimmy Anderson and the sooner the umpires are given the powers to show yellow cards the better, as long as they have the guts to use them of course.

Warner is quickly becoming the John McEnroe of cricket. Someone who will be remembered as much for his boorish behaviour as he will for his undoubted ability.

Warner boosted his public image with his reaction to the death of his great mate Phil Hughes, but he was quick to prove that deep down he’s nothing but a sporting hooligan.

And another thing...


Has the penny finally dropped for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger? After a decade of stubbornly refusing to accept that a defensive strategy is as important as an attacking one, Wenger set his side up so well at the weekend, they outplayed Manchester City away from home. A packed defence can still lead to entertaining football as long as you have players like Santi Cazorla (above) and Alexis Sanchez in your line-up.


Tony Pulis is back and with him a dull brand of football that will probably ensure West Brom survive, but will also ensure that few neutrals enjoy the experience.

Their 0-0 draw at Everton this week was the best display of anti-football of the season.

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