Peterborough United’s caretaker-manager Dave Robertson has promised pride, passion and commitment from the club’s much-maligned playing squad.
Robertson (40) was promoted from Academy chief to take charge of Saturday’s (February 28) League One clash with Bradford City at the ABAX Stadium following the weekend (February 21) departure of Darren Ferguson and his coaching staff.
Robertson will be assisted on the training pitch by Aaron Mclean and Grant McCann and he has hinted at bringing other Posh legends in to help imprint the identity of the club on the current squad.
Robertson said: “I can promise the playing squad will play with pride, passion and commitment as that’s the least the Posh fans deserve after their magnificent support at MK Dons last weekend. 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. We will train with the intensity I want to see in matches.
“I’ve had an excellent meeting with the players today (February 23) and they have bought into what we intend to do. That means double training sessions. The players have also bought into the mentality of ‘the harder you work, the more successful you will be.’
“When I received the phone call from the chairman asking me take charge for this weekend’s match I thought it would be a fantastic opportunity for me. It isn’t all about me though. This is about the players, the fans and the football club.
“The chairman asked me to find my own coaching team and the first name I thought of was Grant Mccann. He has passed his coaching badges, he knows the club, he has bags of experience and most importantly he has enjoyed bundles of succeess at this club.
“The chairman mentioned Aaron Mclean helping out and I thought that was a brilliant idea. Both Aaron and Grant know the players and they already have a great rapport with them. They will be accepted by the dressing room and I’m looking forward to working with them.
“We have a great group of players here and we will find a way to maximise their performance levels. I intend to bring in other legends to see the players just to re-inforce the identity of this football club.
“It’s a big game for us on Saturday and we want to get London Road bouncing.”
Physio John Chatfield survived the first-team coaching cull at the weekend and will take his place in the new regime.
Academy head of sports science Neal Lattimer is also now on first-team duty as is video analyst Carl Pope.