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Dave Roberts sacked by Peterborough to become first casualty of the season

It's only just September and we already have the first managerial casualty of the season and obviously it won't be the last.

Peterborough United who sit 20th in League 1 after just one win all season have sacked manager Dave Robertson who only took over last season in caretaker charge of the Cambrid­geshire club, taking over after Darren Ferguson left the ABAX Stadium in February

"I felt it was time to take action and make a change," Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony said in a club statement.

"It had become plain to see our young squad was under-performing and playing nowhere near their potential.

"Make no mistake, our players must also shoulder respon­sibility for this awful start to the season which has now led to a great person losing their job.

Peterborough's sole league win this season came against Colchester last month, and the Southend defeat left them just above the relegation zone.

"Thanks for the journey and I genuinely wish all at the club the very best of luck for the future," Robertson wrote on Twitter.

MacAnthony added in his statement that he was "driven every day" to improve the club, with the aim of returning to the Championship.

"It has been said by some fans this season that I have lost my own hunger and appetite as chairman, that I haven't made the necessary investment to take the team forward," he said.

"Nothing could be further from the truth.

"I will begin the recruitment process of finding a new first team manager who will be tasked with putting our promotion aspirations back on track this season and quickly."

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