Peterborough's White Flag
Where to start with the Posh? A recent post wondered whether their latest manager Jim Gannon would be able to keep them up, but survival is surely out of reach now that George Boyd, their best player, has effectively moved on to bolster Forest’s faltering promotion hopes.
The signs have been ominous for a few weeks now. Impressive as it was, Peterborough’s 3-1 win against Ipswich was tinged by an eruption of bad feeling between the management and the playing squad’s ‘holy trinity’, Boyd, Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron McLean. While the latter was restricted to a six-minute jog-out from the bench, Mackail-Smith stormed down the tunnel after being substituted after just 34 minutes and, according to fans’ reports, Boyd looked like a player who had given up and didn’t want to be involved anymore. All three were subsequently dropped from the squad that went on to lose at Swansea, with illness cited as the reason.
Although each have reportedly underperformed since Darren Ferguson’s departure, it must feel like an end of an era at London Road. Boyd, or the ‘white Pele’, is viewed by many fans as the best player to have pulled on a Posh shirt in modern history and his loss leaves a gaping hole between midfield and attack. With the club needing to hit play-off form in their final 13 games to even stand a chance of staying up, it seems as though the powers that be have thrown in the towel.
This time last year Peterborough were about to embark on a seven-game winning streak across March, and the fans had some real heroes to savour for the first time in years. Since then, Fergygate has happened, the best players have either left or are rumoured to be on their way, cavalier owner Darragh Macanthony is now conference calling from the US and Barry Fry is still having a big say in the running of the club. Having seemingly admitted defeat, it would appear that it’s time to start looking ahead. I’d expect this one to play out further than the end of the season, though.