The sacking of Darren Ferguson was on the card for a while. It was a tough decision as the board had to weigh up the benefits of Darren’s relationship with his father such as the use of the Carrington facilities as well as the numerous loans over the past year. However, the facts speak for themselves and with Darren having the worst post war record of any North End manager there really was only one option in an attempt to save our almost doomed season.
The recall of the loans was only surprising by the timing. Manchester United’s De Laet and King were set to stay for the two weekend games and I think any North End fan would have expected a recall after the full period had expired. It seems a little petty calling them back seven days early for no apparent advantage to either party. As for James it is again no surprise but all three players have just been put in an awkward position.
Firstly, James hasn’t featured over the month due to the fact that we had too many loan players and also he was carrying an ankle injury which meant he couldn’t have played in any event. At his best he was a great goal scoring midfielder and one day will make it at the top level.
King only played the one game in Darren’s last game against Middlesborough. We have not seen the best of him due to injury and given a prolonged period of playing time then his pace will be destructive but he needs more confidence in front of goal.
De Laet featured in all the games up until Ferguson’s dismissal. He was a calming influence playing on the left side of the defence. The United man makes raiding runs down the flank and would fit comfortably into any team at Championship level.
By Simon Ostiadel, author of Preston North End Mad blog.
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