Peterborough United: Darren Ferguson exit 'is players' fault'

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson had won 12 of his 32 league games in charge this season

Peterborough winger Jon Taylor has said he feels personally responsible for manager Darren Ferguson's departure.

Ferguson, 43, and five members of his backroom staff left the club after Saturday's 3-0 loss at MK Dons, a third defeat in four games.

"I'm disgusted. We're all to blame," Taylor told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"We've cost six people their jobs. The performance on Saturday in the first 45 minutes was disgusting. We let the fans and the whole club down."

Posh were three goals down by half-time at Stadium MK, and the loss left the London Road side 15th in League One.

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire sports editor Nick Fairbairn
"In Darragh MacAnthony's statement on Saturday night, he hailed Ferguson as one of the greatest managers that Posh have ever had - when you consider he won three promotions and a Johnstone's Paint Trophy, it's tough to argue with that assessment."

Ferguson, the son of former Manchester United boss Sir Alex, will be remembered as one of Peterborough's most successful managers across his two spells in charge.

He took the club from League Two to the Championship between 2007 and 2009, and then oversaw a return to the second tier after he rejoined the club in 2011.

Posh are just four points away from the play-off positions, but the team's form has not matched up to chairman Darragh MacAnthony's ambition of returning to the Championship.

Taylor, 22, added: "I'm absolutely devastated. I took the blame personally - us as players went out to perform and we haven't performed as we should do.

"It's not acceptable. We're 15th in the league, which is absolutely embarrassing for this club."

Academy manager Dave Robertson is in caretaker charge of the side, with support from striker Aaron McLean and former midfielder Grant McCann, who is currently playing for Northern Irish team Linfield.