Aaron Mclean claims the brilliant Posh support during a heavy defeat at MK Dons last Saturday (February 21) will be a game-changer for the players.
Mclean will assist caretaker-manager Dave Robertson on the training pitch this week as they prepare for Saturday’s (February 28) League One clash against Bradford City at the ABAX Stadium. Grant McCann will also act as a coaching assistant when available.
And Mclean believes Saturday’s extraordinary display at stadium;mk by almost 1,800 travelling supporters will inspire the current squad to great heights. Posh lost the match 3-0 after conceding three first-half goals and manager Darren Ferguson and five members of his coaching staff were sacked two hours after the final whistle.
“That support at MK was an eye-opener for the players,” Mclean revealed. “The boys spoke about it a lot yesterday (February 22) morning. They’d never experienced anything like it before.
“The penny will now drop as to what it means to be play for Peterborough United. They are playing for a special club whose fans deserve the best.
“And if the fans stick with the players like they did at MK, I am sure they will see the right response from the players. It was a bitterly disappointing result and performance against a team who have become our great rivals. It wasn’t just the defeat, but the manner of the defeat.
“We as players could have done more to keep Darren Ferguson at the club. We are all very saddended by events even if we weren’t that shocked purely because of the situation we are in.
“I’m very disappointed as Darren was the best manager I ever played for, but we have a new man in charge now who I believe will be a great success.
“I’ve known Dave Robertson for a long time and the thing that first struck me about him was his passion for the game. He’s a real enthusiast, a really positive person, but he’s also a top coach.
“I’m very pleased that he has asked me to help out. I will try and set the right example in games and on the training pitch.
“I want us to return to what we do best at this club. My best memories of playing for Peterborough come from everyone working hard for each other from the first whistle to the last.
“We used to go on to the pitch feeling 10 feet tall, knowing that we had each others’ backs and knowing that we could run up stupid scored because we just kept going until the end.
“It’s a new era at the club now. Everey player starts with a clean slate, but every player will be expected to work hard and give everything in training and on the pitch.”
Mclean is currently on loan at Posh from Bradford until the end of the season. McCann left Posh to play for Irish club Linfield last month, but will help with the coaching on his days off.
McCann is the early favourite to replace Ferguson permanently, but Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony insists he will take his time before appointing his new full-time manager.
MacAnthony said: “I’m delighted that both Grant and Aaron have stepped up to help Dave Robertson whilst both still have playing jobs. They are class acts who would do anything for Posh.”
Mclean is ineligible to play against his parent club this Saturday.