Darren Ferguson’s inconceivable departure from London Road is a sad indictment of the times. Chief among those feeling sympathy for the departed Scot will be another son of famous heritage, Nigel Clough. “A talented Dad doth not a talented son make” will be the mantra and just as Ferguson Junior’s sterling work in shepherding Posh through the divisions will now be forgotten, so will those golden Burton Albion days be if young Nigel goes the same way soon.
In truth, the cases are different. Derby have little excuse to be where they are. Unlike at Peterborough, money has sloshed around the halls of Pride Park and the wage bill cannot be negligible. Robbie Savage loves pronouncing how much difference Clough has made since arriving late last winter. Well yes, Robbie…he’s put you in the team and the club hasn’t progressed from last year. I’d like to see the Rams gaffer succeed, as he seems a decent cove, minus as he is of the arrogance that tainted the career of ‘ol Big ‘ead, although he must now be under strain.
Peterborough however, have acted with high foolishness. Ferguson’s off the field publicity hasn’t been good, although that’s not hurt his Dad’s standing in recent weeks. The ex-Wolves man has created a lively three pronged attack from non-league scraps and all have had their moments. My impression is that the Posh Project needs tweaking and no more – and that Fergie II deserved the chance to see his work through. In July, the manager was courted by Reading and West Bromwich Albion but stayed loyal: how rapidly the pendulum swings.