Manager Dave Robertson believes his record as Peterborough United manager gives him a great chance of landing the job on a long-term basis.
Under Robertson, Posh have collected 21 League One points from 13 matches. That points per game ratio would lead to 74 points over a full season and a place in the play-offs.
Robertson faces a job interview with chairman Darragh MacAnthony soon after tomorrow’s (May 3, 12.15pm kick-off) final League One match of the season.
“I’ve been on the longest public job interview of all time,” Robertson joked, “But I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I ‘ve enjoyed all of the ‘ups’ obviously and I’ve enjoyed getting back up from the ‘downs’.
“Everyone who knows me will say that I am brave and bold and I have tried to be just that with my team selections and tactics. I’ve tried plenty of things designed to win win matches and produce attractive football. Some have worked and some haven’t.
“The job is pretty much the same as what I was doing before it’s just that I now work with better players, They have bought into what I’ve been trying to do which is encouraging.
“It’s not difficult to enjoy the job when I’ve been working with such a great group of players and a great coaching staff and we’ve done pretty well in my opinion.
“If the ratio from 21 points from 13 games was transferred over the entire 45 games of the season so far we would have 73 points now and be sitting comfortably in fifth place.
“We still want to finish as high as we can though and if we win at Oldham we could well finish seventh. That’s our immediate aim because we want to take some good momentum into next season.”
Posh are unbeaten in their last three matches, but last Saturday’s (April 25) 4-3 win over Crawley at the ABAx Stadium was a first in seven matches.
Robertson has the same squad to pick from tomorrow and there’s every chance that 16 year-old Leo Da Silva Lopes will be joined in the starting line-up by 18 year-old Jonathan Edwards. Youth team graduate Edwards impressed in a 30-minute run-out as a substitute against Crawley.
Posh have no additional injury concerns. Jon Taylor joined Jack Baldwin and Jermaine Anderson on the long-term injury list last weekend and Kgosi Ntlhe is suspended.
“Leo could certainly start again and he so could Johnny,” Robertson added. “If Jonny can show in 90 minutes what he showed in 30 minutes last week then I will be very happy.”
Posh players will wear black armbands at Boundary Park in honour of club legend Chris Turner who passed way earlier this week. Oldham organise a pre-match minute’s applause at their final home match every season in tribute to those associated with their club who have died during the season.
Posh could finish anywhere between seventh and 13th in League One.