Messy Ferguson

Posted by on Nov 10, 2009 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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.

Rob Langham
Rob Langham is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 50 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.


  1. Ben
    November 10, 2009

    Yes, bizarre decision. Your sentiments echoed over on Black & White. I don't think it's arrogant to say defeat at St James' shouldn't come as much of a surprise to a lot of Championship sides, particularly one struggling towards the bottom. It certainly shouldn't be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

  2. Matt R
    November 11, 2009

    Whilst I agree with you on face value, Ferg Jr's post-match interviews have had more than a touch of “I don't know what the hell to do about this” about them in recent weeks.

    Not that sacking him rather than some form of encouragement was the answer but, you know, just sayin'…

  3. Frank Heaven
    November 13, 2009

    Harsh I thought. Much is inevitably made of Daz's famous dad – but strip away the family name baggage and you have a manager who achieved successive promotions to reach this league. Anyone achieving that would be highly regarded, whoever his dad happened to be.


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