Chairman will shut the critics up by overseeing another promotion

Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony (right) is determined to confound his critics.
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony (right) is determined to confound his critics.
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Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has vowed to shut the moaners and whingers up by overseeing another promotion for the club.

In a powerful interview with the Posh press office at the club’s Ireland training base yesterday (July 16), MacAnthony admitted he is at ‘the end of his tether’ with what he views as unnecessary criticism from fans on social media.

But MacAnthony’s own support for the club remains strong. He revealed that he has ploughed over £1 million of his own money into the club coffers this summer as he bankrolls an attempt to bring Championship football back to the ABAX Stadium next season ‘by hook or by crook’ It would be a fourth Posh promotion since MacAnthony arrived at the club in October, 2006.

McAnthony said: “In recent months I have put £300k, £400k, £300k and £250k into the club. I continually back the management team, but I get accused of doing the opposite. I am at the end of my tether with the moaners out there who criticise me and the manager. For goodness sake the manager has been in charge for 15 games so give him a break.

“Our only aim this season is promotion. It’s time to be ruthless and forget all that white noise in the background. By hook or by crook we will be getting out of this division this season.

“For the money I put in, I expect promotion, I expect goals, I expect trophies and I expect success. I want us to hit the front early and I want us to stay there. There will be more ‘easy’ games against Peterborough United.

“And I have faith in my management team to deliver. The manager works night and day for this club. It’s all he does and I have been impressed with with the way he works, communicates with the players and everything else I’ve witnessed in Ireland.

“One regular moan is the lack of signings this summer, but believe me if you saw the way our young lads are progressing you would understand why. It would be easy for us to go and find a right-back to challenge Michael Smith for his first-team place, but that would be unfair on Tobi Adebayo-Rowling who has been flying in pre-season. It would be easy for us to go and find a centre-back, but that would be harsh on Brad Maslen-Jones who looks a class act.

“Harry Anderson is playing so well the management will have a problem choosing between him and Marcus Maddison and Jon Taylor. To be fair to the senior lads they have responded. Marcus has four assists in three games and Tayls has three goals already.

“But there comes a time when you have to back your youth system and that time is now. We will not be stunting the progress of the kids coming through our ranks.”

MacAnthony confirmed that Posh are likely to sign two trialists who have been with the club for most of the summer. They are believed to be full-back Andrew Fox and midfielder Kieran Sadlier.

The chairman also disclosed that Posh have provisionally agreed a fee to sell last season’s captain Jack Payne to League Two side Leyton Orient. Posh are waiting for the deal to be rubber-stamped by the ‘Os’ director of football. Payne played for Orient in a friendly against Middlesbrough in Spain this week, but another Football League club have shown an interest in the player should the move to East London break down.

MacAnthony also stated that midfielder Erhun Oztumer, who was left out of the Ireland trip after his agent requested a loan move for the 24 year-old, has now decided to ‘get his head down and fight for a first team place’.

On transfer-listed players MacAnthony said that two Championship clubs are interested in midfielder Joe Newell, but no bids have been received. Two League Two clubs are chasing striker Kyle Vassell, but have yet to meet Posh’s valuation of the player.