WEST­LEY IS BACK

Winger Jon Tay­lor be­lieves Graham West­ley is the right man for Posh

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Chris Dunlavy

PETERBOROUGH winger Jon Tay­lor has heard all the scare sto­ries about new gaffer Graham West­ley – and he hopes they’re true!

The for­mer Steve­nage and Pre­ston chief, 47, was handed the reins on Mon­day and ar­rives at Lon­don Road with a rep­u­ta­tion as a whip-cracker who de­mands ex­treme phys­i­cal fit­ness.

And, while West­ley – whose Steve­nage play­ers were sub­jected to reg­u­lar dou­ble train­ing ses­sions – has played down his im­age, Tay­lor can’t wait to start sweat­ing.

“Ob­vi­ously you hear the tales,” says Tay­lor, who joined the Posh fol­low­ing Shrews­bury’s rel­e­ga­tion to League Two in 2014. “But all the stuff that peo­ple tell me I take as pos­i­tives.

Stronger

“Peo­ple say ‘oh, you’ll be in nine un­til four’. Well, that’s no dif­fer­ent to ev­ery­body else who goes to work in this coun­try. And I’m in at nine any­way – it doesn’t make any dif­fer­ence.

“Or they say ‘you’ll be run­ning all day, ev­ery day’. Well so what? We’ll be the ones who are get­ting fit­ter and stronger.

“Peo­ple can say what they want. I don’t make any judge­ments un­til I meet some­one in per­son. It was the same with the gaffer and I think he’s been ex­cel­lent in the short time he’s been here.

“And it’s not all about fit­ness. We ac­tu­ally haven’t been do­ing any more run­ning than we were be­fore. It’s tac­ti­cal, tech­ni­cal, shape work – ev­ery­thing. I played against his teams a few times and you al­ways knew what you’d get.

“That’s why I’ve got a lot of re­spect for him and why I’m sure he’ll be a suc­cess here.”

Tay­lor also had praise for care­taker-man­ager Grant McCann, who has been promised “a big part” on the coach­ing staff un­der West­ley.

The 35-year-old took charge fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Dave Robert­son in early Septem­ber and took four points from a pos­si­ble six, in­clud­ing a 5-1 thrash­ing of Old­ham.

“Grant was a great player be­fore he re­tired, some­one who liked to get the ball down and play,” added Tay­lor. “And, when he took over, I think that was the only way he knew how to coach.

Lan­guish

“It got us play­ing bet­ter football, changed the dy­namic of the team. Even af­ter two games, all the lads be­gan to feel more con­fi­dent about ex­press­ing them­selves and I think that showed in the re­sults.”

By the time McCann took over, how­ever, Peterborough – a Cham­pi­onship side only two years ago – were lan­guish­ing just out­side the League One drop zone. Now, with West­ley in situ, Tay­lor says it is time to re­pair the dam­age.

“It wasn’t good enough,” ad­mits Tay­lor, whose side won just one of their first seven league fix­tures. “A club like this should be chal­leng­ing for pro­mo­tion ev­ery sea­son. But, if any­one can get us back on track, it’s Graham. In my opin­ion, he’s just what we needed.”

Peterborough chair­man Dar­ragh MacAn­thony in­ter­viewed West­ley in Florida and has no doubts about the ap­point­ment.

“I’ve spent the last ten days get­ting to know Graham in­side out, and not only did we have a phe­nom­e­nal one-on-one in­ter­view in Florida but we have spo­ken ev­ery day since Graham re­turned to the UK as I took my time mak­ing the fi­nal de­ci­sion,” MacAn­thony said in a state­ment.

“I read all the var­i­ous things writ­ten about Graham’s time at Pre­ston, his ap­par­ent pref­er­ence in style of football and his ap­par­ent ob­ses­sion with fit­ness and phys­i­cal­ity over style, flair and fast, free-flow­ing football.

“To judge some­body on the views of oth­ers is some­thing I’m never pre­pared to do with­out meet­ing and judg­ing for my­self.”

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