Barnett boost for Peterboro’


LIFE has been a bit of a roller-coaster for Peterborough United in recent seasons.

It all started when Darren Ferguson, son of Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, took over from Keith Alexander - sacked after a poor start to the 2007-08 season.

Ferguson got the Posh promoted from League Two at the first attempt and followed it up by steering the club to the Championship the following season.

Unfortunately for Ferguson, the all-out attacking football which had won his side back-to-back promotions, was found wanting at Championship level and, following a run of bad results Ferguson was sacked in November 2009.

The club turned to Mark Cooper, who lasted just 13 games, and Jim Gannon, who was was also replaced by former Bristol City boss Gary Johnson once relegation back to League One was confirmed.

Ferguson, who had been axed by Preston North End earlier in the season, returned to the club in January of last year after Johnson left following a disagreement.

Once again Ferguson worked his magic and steered Posh to fourth place in League One.

That despite the London Road club conceding over 70 goals and having one of the worst defensive records in the division.

But their tally of 106 goals was the highest in the Football League.

They beat MK Dons in the semi-finals of the play-offs before going on to beat Huddersfield 3-0 in the final.

Despite losing prolific scorer Craig Mackail-Smith, who joined Brighton, in the summer, Posh made a better start to life back in the Championship than two years earlier.

But they looked like being dragged into the relegation dogfight after a poor run of results until beating Bristol City 3-0 last weekend.

United’s hopes of staying in the division received a massive boost this week when they signed 26 year-old Crawley Town striker Tyrone Barnett on an emergency loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer.

The £1m deal is not only a record for Crawley but also the highest fee that Posh have ever paid out for a player.

“I am delighted to have signed Tyrone,” said Ferguson. “We have been after him for a while now. He will give us something totally different to what we already have which is one of the reasons why we have signed him.

“He is technically very good and he has decent pace and he is extremely good in the air.”