Darren Ferguson resigns: Will Grant McCann return to the Posh and spearhead a survival challenge?
Above: Will Grant McCann be the next manager of Peterborough United? (Photo: Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Grant McCann will no doubt be the bookies’ favourite to succeed Darren Ferguson this week as Peterborough United manager after Ferguson offered his resignation this weekend. The ex-Hull City manager only left his role as Head Coach last month and was one of the front runners for the Sunderland job - which eventually went to Alex Neil.

  • MacAnthony regards Ferguson as “one of the greatest managers of this football club”

In a statement on the club’s official website, Posh Co-owner Darragh MacAnthony spoke highly of the outgoing manager.

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Myself and my two partners regard Darren as one of the greatest managers of this football club, most certainly in the modern era,” he wrote. “The success we have enjoyed with him at the helm has been unrivalled and he will always be described as a legend by myself and my partners.”

I want to personally thank him for all his hard work on behalf of the club, particularly in his third spell when he dealt with the unquestionable frustration at the season being cut-short due to Covid-19 and then responding by securing promotion the following season against all the odds.”

The financial constraints he had to work under due to the impact of no supporters inside the stadium was something that nobody could have foreseen, and he dealt with that in such an admirable and methodical way. He created a working environment that the players enjoyed despite the restrictions and he deserves enormous credit for that and the success we enjoyed,” the statement finished. There has been no official word on his replacement.

Many will ask - who next for the Posh? Currently languishing in 23rd place with only 21 points, it has been a tough season for them as many expected it would be.

  • Is McCann Darragh’s man?

Would Grant McCann be the man to save Peterborough? I certainly think everything is aligning for it to happen. He’s managed there before as well as playing for them, and having left for Doncaster in 2018 it may feel like a bit of unfinished business on both sides.

There never seemed to be any animosity on either side either - McCann and MacAnthony have always spoke very highly of each other, adding to the possibility of them reuniting. McCann still lives in the area too, making an instant return to management very likely with his former club.

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John Sheridan has recently returned to his old club Oldham Athletic (for a sixth spell in charge) with the Latics very much in relegation trouble up until “Shez” came back in.

They’ve gone on an unbeaten run since he’s come in and now Oldham look like they have more than a fighting chance of staying up - and that could be the case with Peterborough too if McCann is appointed. 

Peterborough’s next two fixtures? Fulham away in midweek, and then the small matter of McCann’s former employers Hull City at home on Saturday 26th. It’s just made for his return, isn’t it?