UN­SUNG HERO OF POSH’S SUR­VIVAL FOR­MULA

The Football League Paper - - ADAM VIRGO -

THE EFL is full of bright young man­agers – and few are do­ing a bet­ter job than Grant McCann at Peter­bor­ough.

The Posh aren’t an easy club to man­age. Their busi­ness model – which has been very suc­cess­ful – re­lies on sell­ing play­ers.

When you look at the play­ers they’ve lost over re­cent years, it’s in­cred­i­ble. Ge­orge Boyd, Craig Mack­ail-Smith, Aaron McLean, Dwight Gayle, Britt As­som­ba­longa.

Cur­rently, they’ve got Por­tuguese won­derkid Leonardo Da Silva Lopes, who is un­doubt­edly des­tined for the Pre­mier League.

Peo­ple talk about Crewe and their won­der­ful youth sys­tem, but the way Peter­bor­ough sign play­ers from Non-League and let them flour­ish in the pro ranks de­serves ev­ery bit as much recog­ni­tion.

For the man­ager, though, it’s tough. Ev­ery cou­ple of sea­sons, he’s forced to re­build. But, de­spite his rel­a­tive in­ex­pe­ri­ence, Grant has coped well with that.

Tom Ni­chols, the striker he signed from Ex­eter, has been su­perb. So has de­fender Ryan Tafa­zolli, a free trans­fer from Mans­field.

His team are forged in Grant’s own im­age. They get the ball down, they play from the back. They’re a joy to watch.

Fans aren’t al­ways happy with that. They want re­sults. And, as I’ve found on so­cial me­dia, they’re a pas­sion­ate bunch.

But they’ve stuck by him, as has the chair­man. In re­turn, he’s built them an ex­cit­ing young side.

REBUILDER: McCann

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