So, it looks as though Preston’s decision to dispense with the services of Darren Ferguson, with the club adrift at the foot of the Championship table, could have unforeseen ramifications.
Junior had been able to call on his dad’s charity by securing the loan signings of Joshua King, Ritchie De Laet and Matthew James from parent club Man Utd as reinforcements in the Lilywhites’ battle against relegation – but now that his son’s been given the boot, Fergie has demanded the trio return to Old Trafford.
Coincidence I’m sure he’ll claim, but none of them have any chance of getting anywhere near the Red Devils’ first team so the recall can only be attributed to spite, pure and simple. Just the hoof in the teeth that Preston need. What a lovely chap.
Incidentally, you have to wonder how foolish the Preston board feel now, having made the rash decision to dump Alan Irvine to bring Ferguson in when the team were relatively secure in mid-table. Just another case of absurdly unrealistic expectations – much the same as at Villa, where some fans were delighted at Martin O’Neill’s departure claiming dissatisfaction with “stagnating” in sixth place in the Premier League.
At least Irvine is making a good fist of his second chance at Sheffield Wednesday. OK so he has superior resources at his disposal than the vast majority of sides in League One, but he’s done a sterling job in unifying a club in potential freefall, each week seeming to bring a new tax demand, court appearance or administration threat.