Chairman Darragh MacAnthony won’t be employing Grant McCann as the next manager of Peterborough United.
Former Posh player McCann was the bookies’ favourite for the job following the weekend (February 21) departure of Darren Ferguson and his coaching staff. McCann has agreed to help out with coaching at Posh when his commitments with new club Linfield allow, but MacAnthony believes it’s too soon for a man who has just completed his FA coaching badges.
MacAnthony also revealed that he has been inundated by applications from ex-England players, ex-Premier League players, current managers working in a higher division and even former Italian international midfielder Gennaro Gattuso
MacAnthony wants a British manager who knows his own mind and will bring fresh ideas to the club. He doesn’t want a ‘yes’ man. Caretaker-boss Dave Robertson will put himself in pole position should he manage to inspire an upturn in form, starting with this Saturday’s (February 28) League One clash with Bradford City at the ABAX Stadium.
MacAnthony also confirmed that he wouldn’t talk to a manager who was already in employment. Second favourite for the job this morning was Rotherham United manager Steve Evans, but ‘Millers’ chairman Tony Stewart today said ‘110% Evans would not be leaving.’
MacAnthony said: “I have a lot of time for Grant,” MacAnthony stated. “He will be a great manager one day, but he needs to earn his stripes first.
“People know what I like. I’m quite predictable. I don’t want a ‘yes’ man. Darren was never a ‘yes’ man. I want a man who can re-invigorate this squad with fresh ideas.
“That man might be Dave Robertson. I spoke to him today (February 23) and just told him to get on with the job and win some games. Winning solves everything and I know I have a good man in charge on Saturday.
“Some people in the game look down at coaches who have not been professional players, but David bleeds blue and he shouldn’t be under-estimated. He’s done a great job on a restricted budget with our youth team. He’s very popular with players and coaches and he’s very positive.
“I will be holding interviews with other candidates and Dave knows that, but if he gets the team winning he will make my life very difficult. I’ve had some interesting applications even from abroad, but I’d prefer a British or Irish manager.”
Robertson took the Posh Development squad to MK Dons today for a 0-0 draw,