Fergie knocks up a century of wins
Posh won three of eight games this month to virtually assure themselves of safety. A 1- 0 win over Leicester meant they finished March in 18th place, 10 points clear of the relegation zonewithjustsixmatchestogo.
Far more memorable victories arrived at home to promotion chasers Reading ( Ferguson’s 100th win as Posh boss) andBlackpool( the club’s 900th Football League win), but Posh were also ouclassed by West Ham, Millwall and the 10- men of Barnsley despite the excitement of former Macclesfield strikers Barnett ( four goals in his first six appearances) and Emile Sinclair joining forces. It was a new ‘ Macc- attack’, but notonelikelytoforcememories ofMackail- SmithandMcleanto fade away.
Off the pitch Posh revealed a £ 2.8 million loss for the year ending May2011 and chairman Darragh MacAnthony used the club’s annual general meeting to threaten to stop paying rent to the his landlords, the everefficient Peterborough City Council.
One of the stars of the season, top scorer Paul Taylor, revealed that hewouldbeseeking a move away from the club that basically rescued his career.
Reading striker Jason Roberts is impressed withthenewPoshstrikeforce. Poshdidn’twinanyoftheirfinal sixChampionshipmatches, but still achieved their pre- season target of 50 points, which was enough for a creditable 18th place finish.
There was sadness as Ferguson made it clear George Boyd (“the best player I’ve ever worked with”) would not be signing a newcontract and was likely to leave in the summer, but the expected departures of goalkeeper Joe Lewis and Paul Jones provoked far less sadness.
There was also hope for the future as youngsters Joe Newell, Kgosi Ntlhe and Charlie Coulson were all give the opportunity to strut their stuff as Ferguson predicted an even betterseasonnexttimearound. Ferguson keeps his feet on the ground.
Paul Taylor wanted out.