Dave Robertson is determined to pass his audition for the post of Posh manager with flying colours.
The club’s Academy chief has been given first crack to replace Darren Ferguson starting with Saturday’s home game with League One promotion-chasers Bradford City.
Robertson didn’t play professional football and he has no experience coaching at Football League level, but the 40-year old insists he is ready to make the step up a permanent one.
“I think I’m ready,” Robertson announced. “And the chairman obviously thinks I’m ready or he would have asked someone else to take charge on Saturday.
“I would like the opportunity to be the next manager and I will be working hard to make sure I at least give the chairman a hard decision.
“But it’s not just about me right now. It’s about the team and the staff getting the club back on track to deliver the success Peterborough United deserves.
“I was surprised, but pleased to get the call from the chairman, although the circumstances were not good.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me and I couldn’t wish for a better set of lads to work with.”
Robertson has won many admirers for his work with the Posh youngsters.
He’s renowned for his positive, yet calm approach to football.
And he won’t be changing just because he is now in charge of the first team.
“I can promise the players will perform with pride, passion and commitment.
“ I can also promise attacking football because that’s the way we do things at this club.
“The players will be given the freedom to express themselves and they will train and play with smiles on their faces.
“The players have bought into the fact that the harder you work, the more successful you will be.”
Robertson has been assisted on the training pitch this week by Posh stars of past and present in Ken Charlery, David Farrell, Grant McCann and Aaron Mclean.
Robertson’s first team selection will be of great interest to Posh fans who had become bemused by some of Ferguson’s decisions this season.
Posh hope to have Joe Newell fit after he missed last Saturday’s dismal defeat at MK Dons with a groin injury.
Mclean is ineligible to play against Bradford.