After yesterday's miserable 1-3 defeat at home to Middlesborough, I think it was inevitable that Preston North End's manager Darren Ferguson had to be sacked. PNE are having a terrible season, with League One football next season looming large. In the excellent John Roper - The Way I see it blog, Roper writes at the end of his review of PNE's latest defeat:
Photo from Football 365.
My message to the owner and the chairman is simple - you need to act and act now because the end of January will be too late. Back him or sack him is an oft heard quote at clubs in peril at the bottom of divisions - I think that's exactly where we are right now. Over to you.
Looks like PNE owner Trevor Hemmings acted quickly - something no doubt he found difficult to do, sacking the son of his friend Alex Ferguson. 13 wins in 49 games speaks for itself - he had to go. It's exactly a year to the day since PNE sacked their previous manager Alan Irvine. At the time I wrote that "it does seem to all to have been a very hasty reaction by (then) PNE chairman Derek Shaw". While I disapproved of Irvine's sacking, I think the right decision has been made to get rid of Ferguson - I never thought he was a good appointment. He had very little Championship experience and had left his previous club Peterborough United by "mutual consent" when they were also bottom of the Championship. Fellow Championship club Burnley have also just sacked their manager Brian Laws - I'm sure he will be the early favourite to take over at PNE.