Robbo will ponder Posh future if he isn’t first-team manager at the end of May

Posh skipper Jack Payne will miss the game at Barnsley
Posh skipper Jack Payne will miss the game at Barnsley
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Current Peterborough United boss Dave Robertson has admitted for the first time that he would have to consider his position at the club should he not be given the manager’s job on a long-term basis.

Robertson will be interviewed along with other candidates by Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony at the end of the current campaign. Robertson, who remains on his Academy director’s contract, steadied a side that was sliding down the League One table under previous manager Darren Ferguson.

Robertson steered Posh from 16th to sixth place, but a run of five matches without a win has cost the club any chance of a play-off place ahead of tomorrow’s (April 18) clash at Barnsley.

Robertson said: “I want the job. I love this football club, I will give 100 per cent from now until the end of the season to prove that I am the right man for the job.

“If I don’t get the job I will have to look at my own personal position and I would then make a decision after talking through things with the chairman.

“For now I am planning for next season because that is the professional thing to do. Some good pre-season friendlies have been arranged and the chairman knows who I think we need to strengthen the squad in order to have a real go at promotion next season.

“I won’t be involved in the actual recruitment because we have people at the club who have been very successful in that area in the recent past, but the chairman will be aware of my opinion. I have identified players from the Premier League and other places.

“If someone else is given the opportunity to manage this club then I will gladly pass over the work I have done in getting ready for next season. It’s the right thing and the professional thing to do.”

MacAnthony revealed in a question and answer session on Twitter last night (April 16) that he intends to interview ‘five or six’ candidates when he returns to the UK next month. He also expects Posh to go on a pre-season tour of Ireland.

For now Robertson is concentrating on finishing this season strongly, although he will be without skipper Jack Payne (shoulder) and winger Jon Taylor (knee) at Oakwell tomorrow because of injury. Both could return for the final home game of the season with Crawley on April 25.

“It’s great news that neither Jon nor Jack are out for the season because we feared the worst, but there will now be opportunities for others and it’s an important time for the players.

“We are determined to finish the season strongly and to take momentum into next season. I suspect Barnsley will be the same so I’m expecting a match with a proper tempo.

“For the final three games we will be assessing the character and the temperament of the players to see which ones will help us next season. If any of our players play as though they are on the beach tomorrow, the game will bite them on the backside. It will affect their role at the club for the rest of this season and next season.

“We have played excellent football in one-and-half of our last two matches. We had 22 shots against Crewe and I want a repeat of that tomorrow.

“Barnsley’s form in recent weeks has been a carbon copy of ours. They had some good results under a new manager, but their form has dipped in recent weeks.”

Barnsley are also out of the running for the play-offs so a game that looked like it would be huge a few weeks ago is now effectively a dead rubber.