Ferguson Sacked by Posh

Steve Claridge by Steve Claridge / 09 November 2009, 18:57

Darren Ferguson has become the latest manager in The Championship to lose his job after he parted company with Peterborough United on Monday after just under three years in charge at London Road.

Ferguson, son of Manchester United boss, Sir Alex, had been manager since January 2007 and had guided Posh to two consecutive promotions gaining himself a reputation as one of the country's best up and coming managers in the process. His departure comes as something of a shock despite Peterborough currently occupying bottom spot in The Championship with just two wins and a total of eleven points to show for the first 16 games of the season, with the latest defeat coming at Newcastle on Saturday.

It was only in July this year that Darren Ferguson signed a four year extension to his current contract amidst rumours linking him to the vacant posts at Reading and West Brom. However, wealthy Irish Chairman Darragh MacAnthony and Director of Football, Barry Fry, must have thought that change was needed at London Road to bring about this shock departure that is sure to be received with mixed reactions from the Posh faithful.

At this stage is remains unseen as to who could be in the running to take over at United but one thing is for sure, the departing manager, Darren Ferguson, will not be out of work for long as this will be seen as a harsh dismissal and there are sure to be plenty of club willing to give him a chance to confirm his potential and perhaps follow in the footsteps of his father. Sky Bethave opened up the Next Peterborough Manager Odds and it was the Bournemouth Manager Eddie Howe who was the odds-on favourite to take the job at London Road, however Howe has turned the chance to speak to The Posh so now it is Mark Cooper who has shot to the top of the betting.

Monday's news of Ferguson's departure means that he is the third manager of the season to leave a Championship club. He joins Simon Davey (sacked by Barnsley) and Gareth Southgate (sacked by Middlesbrough) as Championship casualties so far in the 200/10 season.

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Steve Coppell 25/1
Gary McAllister 25/1
Alan Curbishley 25/1
Eddie Howe 25/1
David O Leary 25/1
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