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Football: Duo's Posh ambition may backfire.

Byline: By Brian Halford

FORMER Walsall pair Dean Keates and Chris Westwood's hopes of being part of a second successive promotion are under threat from increasing unrest at their new club, Peterborough.

Posh's fortunes in League Two next season will be closely followed by Walsall's fans interested to see what the future holds for Keates and Westwood.

Both played a big part in Walsall's promotion to League One last term, only to jump ship for better pay from Peterborough, even though it meant staying at the same level of football.

Their attractive contracts stemmed from more than pounds 5million pumped into the club by chairman, Darragh MacAnthony.

But alarm bells rang among supporters when MacAnthony announced his intention to take Peterborough into the Premiership.

And fears were not eased by high ticket prices.

So persistent is the grumbling that former Blues manager, Barry Fry, now Peterborough's director of football, has intervened.

"Darragh is on a one-man crusade to take this club into the Premiership," said Fry.

"He is the best thing that has happened to the club and I hope the few fans who moan now shut up and be positive about the good things. We are trying to move this club forward in a more professional manner and I hope the few moaners don't force the chairman to tell us to stick the club where the sun don't shine." If that does happen, Peterborough will have major problems.

Keates and Westwood are among those hoping that Posh's grand ambitions don't dissolve into a path to the Conference. Remember Michael Knighton at Carlisle?


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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jul 19, 2007
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