Pressure mounts on Preston boss Darren Ferguson

Sean Raymond by Sean Raymond / 10 November 2010, 10:23

The pressure is mounting on Preston North End manager Darren Ferguson after the team suffered its tenth defeat of the season at home to Barnsley and slipped to joint bottom of the Championship.

Darren Ferguson, the son of Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, has been in charge at Deepdale since January this year and during his 43 games at the helm, the side has won just 12 games, losing 22 and drawing nine; resulting in just 45 points. That return over the course of a regular season would result in relegation and judging by the Lillywhites current form, League One is where they look to be heading.

Boos could be heard from those that remained of the club's lowest attendance since being promoted to the second tier of English football ten years ago at the final whistle following the 2-1 defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Barnsley and Ferguson Jnr must fear he's in the last chance saloon.

It was a year ago to the day almost (9th Novemebr 2009 to be precise) that Darren Ferguson was relieved of his duties at Peterborough United, who also had 14 points and sat bottom of the Championship when he was sacked following back to back promotion at the London Road club. Whether the Preston board act in what would be an ironic twist of fait for the former Man Utd, Wolves and Wrexham player remains to be seen and it could be Friday night's clash versus Hull City that could prove to be the final nail in Fergie's coffin.

If Ferguson survives beyond Hull and the next home game against Millwall, it could be the next two away games against the division's pace setters, QPR and Cardiff, that determine whether he'll see out one year at the club, especially with the all important Christmas period fast approaching followed by the January transfer window which will prove crucial if PNE are to make the additions to the squad that could help steer them clear of the drop.

Prior to Tuesday's defeat, Darren Ferguson was 8/1 to be the next Championship manager to leave, however, it would be a surprise to see him as anything but the favourite when Victor Chandler (who are surprisingly the only bookmaker to offer this market) re-price the odds following the midweek games.

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