A player’s career at Peterborough is reportedly said to be in doubt after getting into a dressing room bust-up with the manager.
Goalkeeper Christy Pym was left out of the Championship outfit’s squad for the 3-0 win over Birmingham City at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday.
He came to blows with boss Darren Ferguson at Reading on Tuesday night with social media flooded with rumours on the falling out between player and manager, although club officials initially hinted that Pym was ill.
Ferguson set the record straight after the game, he said: “As a manager these things sometimes happen. It’s not ideal – particularly the timing of it,” Ferguson said.
“I like to keep things in the dressing room. I knew the question would come and I’ve had to make a decision.
“It’s going to be difficult for that boy to get back as he overstepped the mark on Tuesday night.
“Christy has apologised for it, but I’ve got to have discipline and if there is criticism you have to take it like a man.
“We’ve got a really good squad and I’m not isolating Christy from it at all.
“But there are certain things as a manager you have to do and abide by, but this was not one of those.
“There are certain beliefs I’ve got that things like that shouldn’t go on.”
“But it’s gone now. I’ve made a decision and I’m sticking by it.
“It’s been a tough decision whether to bring Dai in or keep Christy in the team.
“Dai was the man of the match in the game he played in the Carabao Cup even though we were beaten.
“He made some very good saves and made another couple today while also bringing a real calmness to us.
“I’m delighted with his performance and the clean sheet.”
It was a first start in the Championship for the Posh’ David Cornell who moved to the club from Ipswich in the summer.
Peterborough ended their four-match losing streak in stunning style by putting three goals past 10-man Birmingham.
On the day Darren Ferguson broke the record of most games managed by a Posh boss, his 492nd match at the helm was certainly among the happiest as it secured a 222nd win.
It was the perfect with a stretching City skipper Harlee Dean steering a Siriki Dembele cut-back past his own goalkeeper Matija Sarkic with 58 seconds on the clock.
Posh didn’t have to wait long to double their advantage as referee Jarred Gillett pointed to the spot when Jorge Grant was brought down by Ryan Woods after being sent clear by a fine Dembele pass.
Jonson Clarke-Harris had no trouble in putting away his second penalty in three games by sending Sarkic the wrong way in the 35th minute.
Birmingham were again on the receiving end as the crucial third goal came five minutes into the second half with chief Dembele trickling his way inside and picked out Grant, who got his first Posh goal with a precise finish from the edge of the box in the 50th minute.
Peterborough’s Darren Ferguson: “It’s not an easy thing to do to manage that many games and surpass a record that belonged to someone like Barry, who is a legend in the game.
“It’s a proud moment as this is the club that has given me the most success throughout my career of 34 years. I’ve been here three times and the club means everything to me. It has brought me, my wife and my family so much joy.”
Birmingham’s Lee Bowyer: “Peterborough had the extra 24 hours rest with playing on Tuesday and us playing on Wednesday against a really good Fulham side – and it showed. They were first to everything whereas we were just a yard off in everything we tried to do. We couldn’t physically do any of the things we’re good at. It wasn’t just one or two players either – it was near on all of them. All day nothing went our way. We couldn’t score in the first half to get level at 1-1 and then they got a penalty for 2-0 10 seconds later.
“We started well in the second half after changing things around and created chances but then a pass from one of our players hit another one on the heel and Peterborough broke to score the third. But we can’t make excuses as they were the better side and fully deserved their win. We’ve now got a full week of training in which we can recharge our batteries and work on getting things right again.”
Fans reacted with the player’s career at Peterborough in doubt after having a dressing room bust-up with the manager…
@BenPUFCx: Heard a rumour that Pym chucked a boot at fergie on Tuesday and will never play for posh again…
@mikeythorne21: Christy Pym doing Christy pym things. #ecfc
@ecfc32: If what I’ve read about Christy Pym is true then hahahahaha. What a man.
@ian_gow: Christy Pym. My new favourite footballer
@theposh_: Bye bye pym
@TheNutterSparky: Just show’s behind the scenes things aren’t going well..
@pufc_ryan: So what we reckon is gonna happen to Pym and will we bring in another keeper?
@JG16_: If Pym is finished, get Kieran Westwood in free agent #pufc
@pufc_mark: Good job fergie didn’t throw it at Pym he wouldn’t have caught it #pufc
@PufcD: So the Pym situation did really happen
@Callum_PUFC: pym chucks a boot at fergie finally after all this time we have the balls to drop him cornell’s been unreal the two games he’s started
@gj1023: Pym overstepped the mark on Tuesday and it will hard for him to get back in the team , Darren just said. #pufc
@JessicaaAC: Why an earth would Pym even do that? #pufc
@Callum_PUFC: cornell should be no.1
@Kenneth_Brown23: Really, really enjoyed the @theposh game today. One I knew we would win and glad to get one over on my missus! Not going to slag Pym off, but more than happy to keep the current GK in place. Great morale-boosting victory👌🏻⚽️🔵. #pufc #utp
@philwhile: Not just that, first clean sheet of the season 🙌🏻 I’m sure the Pym haters have a hard on right now 😂 #pufc