Oakes is back - 14/6/06

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THE off-the-field team has been completed, now all thoughts turn to building an on-field side who can push Posh to promotion.

THE off-the-field team has been completed, now all thoughts turn to building an on-field side who can push Posh to promotion.This week chairman Barry Fry has completed deals for a new assistant manager, physio and a new player.

In come Gary Simpson as manager Keith Alexander's right hand man, former Posh favourite Keith Oakes returns to the club as physio, and Oldham Athletic midfielder Richard Butcher will join the club on a free transfer.

"Keith is still on holiday, but he asked us to do three things for him while he was away – to bring in an assistant, a physio and Richard Butcher. And we've done that," said Fry.

Despite being on a family holiday in Portugal the new Posh boss has been in constant contact with his chairman, who himself has just returned from the Football League conference in Portugal.

"I'm absolutely delighted with Keith. While I was away six clubs came up to me to tell me how they wanted to get him as their manager," added Fry. "I feel very lucky we got him.

"I'm also delighted that we have got his management team together, now I just want to help him get the players he wants to get us up the league and promoted."

Simpson has been Alexander's assistant manager for the past four years. They were together at Lincoln City before Simpson left the club in January.

Oakes is one of the youngest players to ever pull on a Posh shirt and filled a number of capacities in his time at London Road. He went from player, to assistant manager then physio which is the job he had under Alexander at Lincoln.

Fry met with Latics chairman Barry Chaytow this week to discuss a deal to bring midfielder Butcher to London Road.

Fry said: "We had a meeting and managed to negotiate a free transfer for Richard, and hopefully everything will be completed by the end of the week."