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Championship 2012/13 Preview: Peterborough United

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Club: Peterborough

Last season position: 18th in Championship

Recent History:

Barry Fry (a name synonymous with Peterborough) continues to work behind the scenes as Director of Football. Since 2006, Darren MacAnthony has taken over as Chairman of the club. The first couple of seasons saw a number of managers come and go. From 2005 to 2007, Mark Wright,, Steve Bleasdale, Keith Alexander and Barry Fry took management of the club on some level. Darren Ferguson first took over at the start of the 2007-08 season, and got back to back promotions to get them to the Championship. Again, three managers Mark Cooper, Jim Gannon and Gary Johnson came and went, and in the meantime condemned the club to relegation to League One. In January 2011 Ferguson returned, and through the play-offs Peterborough returned to the Championship

Manager profile:

Darren Ferguson (son of Sir Alex Ferguson) has become a massive part of the Posh’s recent history. Back-to-back promotions took them up to the Championship in his first era at the club, cementing his place in their history. Their Championship start was far from ideal however, and he left in November 2009. He then spent a year with Preston North End, but once again his Championship credentials were questioned as he was sacked with Preston bottom of the League. He returned to the Posh (now in League One), where he got them promoted despite their horrendous defence (conceding 75 goals). Last season saw him finally keep a club in the Championship, a platform they can build on with confidence this season.

Summer Transfer Activity:

In
Michael Bostwick ..... Stevenage ..... Undis
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing ..... Wolves ..... Undis
Bobby Olejnik ..... Torquay ..... Undis
Danny Swanson ..... Dundee U ..... Free
Shaun Brisley ..... Macclesfield ..... Undis
Tyrone Barnett ..... Crawley ..... Undis
Jonson Clarke-Harris ..... Coventry ..... Free

Out
Joe Lewis ..... Cardiff ..... Free

Expected line-up:

Olejnik
Little Zakuani Knight-Percival Alcock
Boswick McCann
Swanson Tomlin Boyd
Barnett

Expected Tactics / Formation:

4-2-3-1.
Verdict from the fans forum is that the formation is likely, although who actually plays where is subject of some discussion. The formation above seems to be the most agreed, although NKP is pushed into defensive midfield in some. The team will play fairly narrow through the defence, and then hope that Swanson and Boyd can peel out wide during their attacks.

What the fans are saying:

The majority of the fans seem to be content with avoiding relegation. However, these opinions came before they had made many of the signings above. Now that the signings have been made, people seem more confident that the squad has strength in depth. They are just interested to see how the new players fit into their team, and if they gel well they are hoping that they’ll push for mid-table.

Verdict:

I would imagine bottom half of the table. As many of their fans have indicated though, if the new players gel then perhaps pushing top half. 13th.

Compiled by: @Wallin58

Comments

  • Recently they have been punching well above their weight, a small club in a cowshed of a ground, good luck to them. Barnett is one of the best strikers to come from the lower divsions recently. Boro paid a LOT for him. They'll suprise a few people. Over the recent years they've developed a Wimbledonesque attitude. Top 1/2 of the mid table.
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