Peterborough United caretaker-manager Dave Robertson is hoping his own passion for the club will rub off on the players.
Robertson, who started coaching 20 years ago, says it will be a privilege to manage Posh for the first time in tomorrow’s (February 28) League One clash with Bradford City at the ABAX Stadium.
And he wants to make it a memorable occasion for the club’s fans as well by inspiring a performance full of passion and attacking intent. A win would move Posh to within a point of Bradford, who are currently sixth, in the League One table
Robertson has replaced Darren Ferguson in the Posh hotseat. He has received help on the coaching field this week from club legends Ken Charlery, David Farrell and Aaron Mclean. Grant McCann has also agreed to take on a coaching role until the end of the season after securing his release from Linfield FC.
Robertson said: “I will be as proud as punch managing for the first time tomorrow. It’s a real privilege. I love this football club and I have a real passion for it.
“I’m hoping some of that passion will rub off on the players and I’m sure it will. My expectations are the same as the fans really in that I want to see a performance full of 100% commitment and desire and that’s what I expect to see against Bradford.
“I want to bring back the attacking flair the club has been known for in recent seasons as well. The flamboyance might take time to return, but it will come back. We’ve worked tirelessly on re-creating that attacking itent this week.
“I’ve had a good week with the players and I’ve received great help from some club legends. We showed the players a video of Ken Charlery scoring twice for Posh at Wembley and we showed them a video of Dave Farrell’s play-off hat-trick against Barnet just to give them some idea of what this club can achieve.
“We’ve tried to pick the players up and inject some belief. If they put in a shift they will get the fans on side straight away.
“The supporters have a big role to play anyway. Their performance at Mk Dons last week was astonishing.”
Robertson hopes to have injured players Joe Newell and Kyle Vassell available for selection against Bradford. Tomorrow’s visitors have an injury doubt over top scorer James Hanson.
On-loan Mclean will watch the game against his parent club from the stands. He is allowed to work from the technical area, but has declined out of respect to the club that still pay his wages.
Robertson added: “Aaron has been great with the players this week and I’m sure they will still be able to feel his enthusiasm from the stands.
“It’s a tough game for the team. Bradford are a good side enjoying a good season. They have strength in depth and a strong squad, but then so do we.”