Former Linnets boss takes Posh hot seat

Two months after leaving King's Lynn during the build-up to their FA Cup tie at Bishop's Stortford, Tommy Taylor has taken charge of Peterborough United for tonight's FA Cup replay at Plymouth.

Two months after leaving King's Lynn during the build-up to their FA Cup tie at Bishop's Stortford, Tommy Taylor has taken charge of Peterborough United for tonight's FA Cup replay at Plymouth.

Taylor's elevation to caretaker manager follows the departure of Keith Alexander, who had himself been at London Road only six months.

Alexander's fate was sealed by a sixth successive League Two defeat - 3-1 at Darlington on Saturday.

Alexander joined Posh from Lincoln in the summer to take over from Steve Bleasdale, who had resigned towards the end of last season over the interference of Ron Atkinson - who was brought in as part of a trouble-shooting documentary for Sky Sports.


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New chairman Darragh MacAnthony has backed Alexander in the transfer market with big-money buys in Josh Low, George Boyd and Micah Hyde.

Irish businessman MacAnthony, 30, took over from previous chairman Barry Fry in October and immediately set out ambitious plans to be "knocking on the Premiership door in five years'.

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Among his first moves was the decision to bring in Taylor from the Linnets, soon followed by Walks favourite Adam Smith.

Club owner Fry stayed on as director of football with MacAnthony gradually buying the former Birmingham, Barnet and Posh manager out.

But after going through August unbeaten in all competitions, a run which included a Carling Cup win over Ipswich, Posh have now slipped to 10th despite spending £800,000 on new players.

Alexander originally signed a four-year deal at London Road, but his reign has lasted just just seven and a half months.

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