Peterborough United manager Dave Robertson has spoken of the pain he is feeling at the loss of his job.
Robertson was dismissed this morning (September 6) after just 23 games in charge. He lasted just nine matches as the permanent manager having been appointed in the summer following a stint as caretaker-manager from February.
Robertson is convinced he could have turned the season around, but has accepted chairman Darragh MacAnthony’s decision with good grace and great dignity. He hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning to The ABAX Stadium in his old role of Academy Director.
For now though the 41-year-old is coming to terms with the end of an 11-year association with Posh. He leaves the club in 20th place following a 2-1 defeat in his final game at Southend yesterday (September 5).
His assistant Grant McCann is in charge for next Saturday’s (September 13) League One match at Oldham.
Robertson said: “I am feeling the pain. I am passionate about the club and I genuinely wish them all the best for the future. I still very much want them to be successful.
“Of course I am disappointed and I was confident I could turn things around. I could see signs that we were improving as a team, but I accept that we are in a results business and ours haven’t been good enough recently.
“I spoke with the chairman after the Southend match and his decision was made and confirmed this morning. It was a tough phone call for both of us.
“I told him that whatever happened I could look myself in the mirror and know that I worked as hard as I possibly could morning, noon and night for Peterborough United.
“I was shocked by the decision at first, but I understood the pressures the chairman was coming under, especially from a group of fans on Twitter. As an industry football is very much in the public eye and if someone has to carry the can for bad results it’s usually the modern-day manager.
“I will remain positive though. We have a saying in our household that ‘a Robertson never quits’ and I will take a couple of weeks break before deciding what I do next.
“It’s not the end for this particular Posh team, if they work hard enough and if they show some mental discipline for 90 minutes in a game and not just in parts of a game.
“I don’t regret having high expectations this season. I believe in aiming high and even though I’m no longer there I hope the club keep those expectations high.
“We’ve had a run of bad luck and I have fallen on my sword, but I still want the club to start winning and to be successful.
“I hope the fans get behind Grant McCann and his team next week at Oldham. True fans support their club through thick and thin. They never turn their back on the team.”
Former Posh boss Darren Ferguson has already ruled himself out of a third spell in charge.