Fry and Fergie In Fallout
Darren Ferguson has hit back at comments made by Barry Fry on a radio station. Fry stated that Ferguson had held talks with Nottingham Forest about their vacant manager's job over the summer break.
But Fergie has hit back with comments of his own, saying he doesn't like working with Barry Fry, as Fry was trying to force him to resign by using 'underhand tactics that he has employed before`.
In Fry's interview, he claimed that Ferguson had held two talks with Nottingham Forest, and the talks scuppered a couple of transfer deals for Posh, and that Fergie didn't seek permission from Darragh MacAnthony to talk to the Nottingham club before he went to hold talks.
Ferguson told the media that he was contacted about the managerial position at Forest, and said: "I was contacted by people representing potential new owners of Nottingham Forest and as they were only potential owners I had no obligation to speak to my chairman about that.
"But the real issue here is why on earth this story has surfaced now. There is no rhyme or reason to drag this up at a time when we are all under enough pressure as it is.
"I have not spoken to Fry, but I do not like working with him. For one reason or another he is a permanent fixture at this club so I just get on with things.
"I suspect he is trying to undermine me with the fans and force me to resign. If that is the case then he is going to be disappointed. He has tried these underhand tactics before.
"Let me make this clear as well. No player has refused to sign for this club as a result of anything I have ever done. It`s his (Fry`s) job to sign players so maybe he is looking for an excuse for his own failings.
"I have spoken to the chairman about this matter, but that conversation will remain private. I don`t like discussing things like this in public, but I feel I have to respond on this occasion."
During the radio interview Fry said: "I did discover that Darren had two meetings with Forest in the summer without the permission of the chairman and it was an unsettling period for the club.
"I was trying to sign players for the club who wanted to play for us mainly because Darren was the manager. They had heard he might be leaving so we lost out on those players.
"Gianni Paladini (former QPR chairman) was involved with the people trying to buy Forest at the time. He certainly met with Darren on the second occasion.
"The reality was they were having discussions about a job that didn`t even exist as Forest had a manager at the time anyway, It was disappointing at the time, but we`ve moved on now."