Ex-Tottenham 'keeper flops, as Fergie Jnr drops

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Peterborough sack Darren Ferguson after goalkeeping horror-show from former Spurs star

Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Ferguson was told to 'Posh off' by Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony on Saturday evening, after his side were thumped 3-0 at the MK Dons.

It lead winger Jon Taylor to admit that he felt personally responsible for the sackings of Ferguson and five members of the club's backroom staff.

Speaking on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, he said: "We've cost six people their jobs. The performance in the first 45 minutes was disgusting. We let the fans and the whole club down."

But, if it really was the mauling in Milton Keynes that did for Ferguson and his staff, there will be others keeping a low profile this morning, particularly highly-rated keeper Ben Alnwick.

The former Tottenham stopper, now 28, was once highly-touted as a future England international, with a Premier League breakthrough understandably unlikely.

A summer signing, this has been his first campaign as a regular starter - but that has failed to bolster his confidence, given an error-ridden display.

Alongside me in the stand, one observer noted how Alnwick should be forgiven for his gaffes - including trying to jink past two onrushing attackers at once - due to his youth.

But it was a case of mistaken identity - my accomplice had assumed it was Newcastle's 22-year-old prospect Jak Alnwick putting on a rookie display.

It was indicative of the entire team, and Posh's season in general.

Faith in the number one could well have cost Ferguson his job, as his under-performing side slumped to 15th in the table, having expected to challenge for promotion following relegation last term.

Hailed as one of the best managers in the club's history by MacAnthony in his statement confirming the dismissal on the club's official website, Ferguson led Peterborough to promotion three times, as well as lifting the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last year.

It doesn't quite match up to the feats of his father, Sir Alex Ferguson, but the nature of his departure has sugar-coated any dent to his reputation - one he is often accused of relying on his surname to garner.

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