The Darragh apology from Facebook

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The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by bristleposh » 25 Apr 2018, 19:55

Darragh’s Facebook post;

'Sorry seems to be the hardest word ' is one of my favorite Elton John songs and is perhaps fitting way to start this post regarding Peterborough United and the season that is coming to an end. I am not perfect nor have ever professed to be, but I am brutally honest (to a fault at times) and dont mince words, especially when it comes to talking about the football club. One thing I have always promised our fans is 100% truth good or bad. How that truth is judged and critiqued is for others to comment on. Owning a football club and being accessible on social media can be sobering at the best of times but win or lose, showing up and letting fans know your there and care is for me important even though serious thick skin is needed when you do this.

Now on with the Apologies:

I am definitely not apologetic over telling posh fans last summer I wanted promotion, great football, loads of goals and success. Some call it Hype, I call it normal for everything I do and apply in my life. I dont wake up each day hoping to be 2nd or compete or do ok, I wake up every day wanting to win and be the best. I want the same for my football club and back that up with a lot of money and hard work each and every season. I honestly believe at the start of each season that we can be successful and talk about it because its something I expect. I am sorry we failed to deliver on those beliefs and none of them happened. For that I will always apologize for as you are judged on results and ours clearly have not been good enough.

I am not sorry I gave a club legend his fist managerial role at the Posh, gave him 22 months, 4 transfer windows and plenty of financial support any young manager should get. I am sorry it didn't work and I so want Grant to go on to do wonderful things in football management. But I am not sorry for making the change when it happened. Grant got all the staff he wanted, investment in lots of players and other infrastructural support he asked for, kept his star players in January, another £500k from me in the Window (biggest spenders in L1 in Jan) and some time to show it would pay off. It wasn't happening, So I made the tough call to move on. I have absolutely no regret over making that decision. Sorry if that hard dose of reality and truth upsets Grant, some fans of his or even his friends or family but football management as I always told him is a tough career to take on. I stand by saying he has a top future in the management business.

I am sorry I brought Steve Evans into the club when he arrived with 12 games to go. I should have brought him in a long time ago but circumstances always got in the way, that I am sorry about and to him. I didn't bring SE into the club for a couple of months only, I Brought him and PR into the club to fix the issues we have constantly had for the last 4 seasons. Whereby we flirt with the play offs, give all of us hope, then collapse when it matters in dramatic fashion. I am sorry that the squad I felt was good enough for the play offs and who were 5th with 6 games to go, didn't have the strong mental capacity to handle a promotion run in together, to lose their best CB and assists maker and capitulate in such embarrassing fashion over the last 4 games says it all. I still have the belief the honesty and talent is there within the squad as shown by putting themselves in constant positions to win games (30 points dropped from winning positions) and Number 1 in shots on goal for the whole of L1 but whats not there currently is mental toughness as a group, fitness levels that can go into the final 20 minutes of games and win when the going gets tough. Over 35% of our goals conceded are in the final 15 minutes of games and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that illustrates a physical and mental issue with this group together. We have so many talented individuals but its a team sport.

I am sorry our fans have been given false hope so may times this season including in 3 of last 4 games where we led, then dominated in large periods then collapsed when it mattered. Its the hope that at times kills you in football. I wont be sorry to back the new manager in bringing in the right kind of non football staff and players he feels will turn us into the ruthless football team we need to be in order to win promotion again from League 1. Many of our current squad will leave and wont have an issue getting good clubs as they are top 10 League 1 players and of course we will have big bids for our main assets which we will deal with at the right time but I and my new partners who have been wonderful supportive will give 100% backing to Steve and the recruitment process has already started. We all have a 4 day summit meeting here in Florida the week after our final game of the season. Our transfer list will be announced on that Monday and the next era will properly begin under Steve and Paul. The training ground come pre season will be a very different place as will the environment and the hard work that will follow. This management team are famous for winning games late on by scoring lots of goals late in games, not choking or throwing the white towel in when the going gets tough or running out of steam and legs on the hour mark.

I dont blame previous management, current management or even the players for our failures this season. I signed the cheques, gave the Nod of approval on everything so the buck stops here as Chairman. I am sorry for not doing a good enough Job.

One almost final apology goes to all of our Season Ticket holders who have been furious with our ticket initiative for the final home game against Fleetwood and rightly so. The idea is grow our gates and we aimed for the many thousands who live in the area who head out of town on match days to watch premier league teams. By growing our attendances, we can make season tickets cheaper not more expensive but it feels like slap in the face for our ST holders who are constantly loyal and with us throughout good and bad. Id like to offer all ST holders for next season a couple of things to make good on previous promise of looking after them. Our first home game in a cup next season, I will personally pay for all of them to attend this game and any pre season Home game you want to attend, I again will pay for your ticket. Thats 2 free games on me as way of saying sorry and thank you at the same time.

The Final apology goes to my wife and children for spending weeks away from home trying my best to fix the issues at our football club on and off the field, investing so much time and money without a moan from them tells me I am constantly winning away from football. They see the stress, pressure and results driven moods from me but always make things so much better. For them more then anything I want to deliver that promotion we all so badly want.

Thats it, I am done apologizing (hopefully for a long time)

Darragh
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Re: The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by dunc » 25 Apr 2018, 20:10

Well said, Mr Chairman ...... and thank you for being so homest and open.
let's stop all this he said - she said / he did this - he did that ....
Let's get behind the club and let the results do the talking.

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Re: The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by john316z » 26 Apr 2018, 07:36

Fair play to him. I can hear that train coming. Who's on the Evans Express?

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Re: The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by pleasureboy60 » 26 Apr 2018, 08:56

john316z wrote:
26 Apr 2018, 07:36
Fair play to him. I can hear that train coming. Who's on the Evans Express?
It's still in the tunnel!

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Re: The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by Chompy » 26 Apr 2018, 09:38

I'm just ignoring the Evans critics from now on. Most of them don't know why they don't want hm, so their opinion is rendered irrelevant.

All we've been hearing is 'we need an experienced manager, not another DMac puppet'.

Now we've got one and they're all pining for the glory days under Robbo/Westley/McCann.

You couldn't make it up.

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Re: The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by Ceenitall » 26 Apr 2018, 09:52

john316z wrote:
26 Apr 2018, 07:36
Fair play to him. I can hear that train coming. Who's on the Evans Express?
I am and I am sitting comfortably.

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Re: The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by Chompy » 26 Apr 2018, 09:56

Me too.

Got a copy of the Racing Post and I'm good to go.

Had to upgrade to first class though. The bar carriage was already full.

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Re: The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by superposh80 » 26 Apr 2018, 10:27

roughly translated...

i'm sorry i employed robinson..westley...and mccann.

i'm sorry we signed 2 wingers and a dissinterested unfit striker in january...when we needed 2 midfielders and a decent forward to compliment marriott.

i'm sorry we've been left an unbalanced..unfit..physically and mentally weak squad that's full of crap midfielders and non league players.

there you go steve...sort this mess out for me please.

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Re: The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by HantsPosh » 26 Apr 2018, 11:55

Chompy wrote:
26 Apr 2018, 09:38
I'm just ignoring the Evans critics from now on. Most of them don't know why they don't want hm, so their opinion is rendered irrelevant.

All we've been hearing is 'we need an experienced manager, not another DMac puppet'.

Now we've got one and they're all pining for the glory days under Robbo/Westley/McCann.

You couldn't make it up.

The latest press release dreamt up at last night’s We Love Uncle Stevie Club meeting. Reasons have been given you just refuse to listen to or accept them. Foul mouthed bully, convicted criminal, cheque book manager etc etc etc. If that is a role model to you then fair enough.

No-one is pining for Over the Moon or Meddles. But then again you’re probably happy we’ve lost four in a row as you want us to lose don’t you.

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Re: The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by john316z » 26 Apr 2018, 12:51

Desperate attempts to form the "Evans Out Club"....

Based on darragh.... We're one of the biggest spending clubs in L1 (in recent windows), Evans being a cheque book manager would deem Fergie and McCann plus the other losers we've employed as managers unfit for the job

The bully bit??? That may well be true I can't comment on that bit.... But having a manager on the sidelines with personality, caring about what we do as a side... Motivating the ones on the pitch versus arms crossed and whispering out formation number 4 for the game. Give me the bully every time

Success on the pitch that counts. Evans will be given time to sort out our policy that worked in previous days but we've been overtaken by clubs with better signing policies than us

choo choo....

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Re: The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by Chompy » 26 Apr 2018, 13:21

Two sure signs of someone strugglling to form a cogent argument...

"Bully"
"Role model"

Role model indeed. I'm not ten years old and have dismissed this 'footballers are role models' argument as garbage several times on here.

Are you worried the behaviour of Steve Evans will effect how you behave in everyday life Hants?

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Re: The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by Wycliffe » 26 Apr 2018, 14:20

More to the point why has darragh received an apology from facebook? :roll:

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Re: The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by bristleposh » 26 Apr 2018, 17:16

Wycliffe wrote:
26 Apr 2018, 14:20
More to the point why has darragh received an apology from facebook? :roll:
Has he, perhaps it's a similar thing to the Martin Lewis one and they don't want another massive bill on their hands
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Re: The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by DaveLister » 26 Apr 2018, 18:57

Evans may well prove to be the right man for the job, as Alan Swann has said the time to judge him is next season. But the behaviour of some Posh fans is ridiculous. He's not Moses FFS. Some of the posts on this board from two people - there may be a third, but I've blocked him to avoid his sanctimonious drivel - fall somewhere between annoying and deeply hilarious.

There will always be negativity around Evans. We have to deal with it. But if we are successful under him, nobody will care. Certainly, I won't stop following Posh because he's manager, but if he isn't successful there will be a lot of I told you so's in a years time, and not without justification.
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Re: The Darragh apology from Facebook

Post by superposh80 » 26 Apr 2018, 19:53

Wycliffe wrote:
26 Apr 2018, 14:20
More to the point why has darragh received an apology from facebook? :roll:
They've probably seen us play.

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