McCann’s winning mentality will help the playing squad.

The new Posh management team of Dave Robertson and Grant McCann. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

The new Posh management team of Dave Robertson and Grant McCann. Photo: Joe Dent/theposh.com.

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Grant McCann insists the winning mentality of the new Peterborough United management team will rub off on the playing squad.

McCann was apppointed assistant manager to new manager Dave Robertson today (May 22) and he is confident of a much stronger showing in League One next season.

McCann, a top Posh player ofthe recent past, worked closely with Robertson following the dismissal of previous boss Darren Ferguson in February. They engineered a recovery from 16th place to ninth and also briefly flirted with the play-off places.

McCann said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenges ahead and I thank chairman Darragh MacAnthony for the opportunity to help move this great club move forward.

“I fully expect a promotion push next season. I’ve been a winner throughout my career and anyone who knows Dave Robertson will know he is a winner as well. Michael Bostwick was quoted as saying as much this week so it’s obvious that the players rae with us already. They already know what me and Robbo are all about.

“I also know what it takes to win a game with a positive style and that’s the approach we will have next sesaon. Dave’s youth teams have always attacked and scored lots of goals and we will take that philosophy into next season.

“The players have enjoyed working with us and they will carry on enjoying working with us. Everyone will start with a clean slate next season even those who didn’t get much of a look-in under the previous manager.

“The ability is already there in the squad, but we need to develop more consistency. We will have the equivalent of three new players in the squad next season as Jon Taylor, Jermaine Anderson and Jack Baldwin will all be fully fit which is a big boost.

“One thing we will definitely guarantee is that every Saturday afternoon our team will go out wearing their hearts on their sleeves and give their all for this great club.”

McCann (35) played in excess of 500 Football League games, 185 of them for Posh.