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Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony (left) has sacked manager Dave Robertson (right).
Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony (left) has sacked manager Dave Robertson (right).
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Peterborough United have today (September 6) sacked manager Dave Robertson.

Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony fired Robertson following yesterday’s (September 5) 2-1 League One defeat at Southend.

The result left Posh in 20th place in League One. They have not won any of their last six competitive matches.

Assistant manager Grant McCann will be in charge for the League One trip to Oldham next Saturday (September 12).

MacAnthony said: “Due to our current league position it has been decided to part company with Manager Dave Robertson. The coaching staff will prepare the team for our trip to Oldham.

“I would personally like to thank David for stepping in last season when the club was at a low point after the previous manager’s departure. He steadied the ship, put a smile on everyone’s faces again and worked tirelessly each day to improve the club’s fortunes on the pitch.

“After the season had finished, I felt it fair to give David a proper shot and appointed him first team manager on a full-time basis with the remit to get our young squad ready and prepared for a proper promotion challenge this season whilst attempting to play the kind of football our fans have become accustomed to over the last eight or nine years.

“Unfortunately after yesterday’s result and the manner of defeat, I felt it was time to take action and make a change as it had become plain to see our young squad was under-performing and playing nowhere near their potential. Make no mistake, our players must also shoulder responsibility for this awful start to the season which has now led to a great person losing their job.

“It has been said by some fans this season that I have lost my own hunger/appetite as chairman of Posh, that I haven’t made the necessary investment to take the team forward and that my ambition for the club to be promoted is not serious.

“Nothing could be further from the truth, I am driven every day to improve the football club, to get us back into the Championship, to ensure the fans get what they want, to answer the critics head on and being committed to getting back to having a club/team everybody in the city of Peterborough can be proud of.

“The current squad in transfer fees alone has cost me over £4 million, so to be accused of going down the cheap route doesn’t sit well with me. In nine years as chairman I’ve overseen and backed the creation/building of four/five squads who have won promotions, won at Wembley, scored hundreds of goals and developed players who have gone on to play in the Premier League, so I do have some experience when it comes to backing the correct player recruitment and putting good policies in place for the club.

“Being blunt and direct about our current squad, talent wise it’s up there with some of our previously successful groups, but talent only gets you so far and if they wish to replicate previous successes they have to figure out quickly that talent is a start, but you need to have an incredible work ethic, desire, bottle, your team mates’ backs and above all else a winner’s mentality with a never give up attitude.

“I am all for being patient, allowing younger players to grow and improve, but I don’t have time for people who fail to work hard for one another on the pitch regardless of their age, price tag or previous playing history.

“Every member of our football squad is now playing for their own futures, careers and that of their team mates around them as there is no doubt that whoever our next manager is, the likelihood is they will be paying close attention to our performances and results going forward once the vacancy becomes public knowledge today.

“In the meantime I will begin the recruitment process of finding a new first team manager who will be tasked with putting our promotion aspirations back on track this season and quickly. To the fans, I apologise on behalf of our players for yesterday’s performance and our recent run of results and trust in me that I’ll do everything in my power to ensure good times return to Peterborough United very soon.”

Robertson made a brief statement on Twitter today, He said: “Thanks for the Journey @theposhofficial and I genuinely wish all at the club the very best of luck for the future.”

It’s understood Robertson has not been offered his old job as Academy director at the ABAX Stadium.

MacAnthony claimed to have had over 200 applicants for the manager’s job when it was advertised in the summer. Hot favourite Steve Evans decided to rule himself out by staying at Rotherham.