Caretaker-manager Grant McCann is likely to still be in charge when Peterborough United host high-flying Walsall in League One on Saturday (September 19).
Posh delivered a stunning performance to win 5-1 at Oldham in McCann’s first game in charge on Saturday (September 12), but he remains an outsider to land the job permanently.
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony is interviewing managerial candidates early this week. He aims to keep McCann at the club even if he appoints an outsider in succession to Dave Robertson.
MacAnthony, during his regular post-match de-brief on Twitter yesterday (September 14), was asked if McCann will still be in charge this weekend. He replied: “Most probably yes.”
He was also asked whether or not keeping McCann on the staff at the ABAX Stadium was a ‘deal-breaker’ when appointing a new man. MacAnthony said: “Never say Never. But I’ll be fighting hard for him and staff if a new person comes in, All will be good.”
MacAnthony was naturally delighted that McCann hit the ground running. The new boss gave first starts of the season to Lee Angol and Erhun Oztumer and both scored in an emphatic win at Boundary Park. Angol scored twice on his first Football League start of his career and recalled striker Souleymane Coulibaly also scored twice.
MacAnthony added: “Forgetting the score/goals for a moment, the actual style/standard of football was joy to watch start to finish.
“Everybody ‘did their job’ which is key to all successful teams and there were lots of promising signs. That’s the standard we have to keep consistently.
“Nice to see Lee Angol score two and get an assist on his debut, but we must remember he is 20 years old and allow him time to improve/grow etc.
“It’s been too long since we have had two strikers who look capable of scoring lots of goals consistently.”
Former Stevenage and Preston manager Graham Westley is the new favourite to land the job with Sky Bet. He is understood to have watched the last two Posh matches. McCann is listed as 3/1 second favourite.
Other potential candidates are ex-Coventry chief Steven Pressley, former Reading and Leeds manager Brian McDermott and current Rotherham boss Steve Evans.
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