Peterborough’s White Flag

Posted by on Mar 3, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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.

is co-editor of The Two Unfortunates. He's 31, supports Plymouth Argyle and takes a particular interest in the fortunes of those Football League clubs west of Bristol. He tweets @lloydlangman.


  1. Nick P
    March 3, 2010

    It's certainly sad for Posh – yet another story of a wealthy owner demanding too much, too soon without really understanding what it takes. With their mentor long gone it's hardly surprising that the top talent wants out.

    On the flip side, it's great news for Forest and our 'faltering' promotion bid, with talk of further loans to come. Boyd has plenty of years ahead of him and I'm hoping he turns out to be the new Ian Woan. Get that man a haircut though.

  2. Lanterne Rouge
    March 4, 2010

    Boyd is a good player with a great swashbuckling style. I wonder if it will be a case of big fish in a small pond becoming an insignificant big fish in a big pond though.


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