GOOD ODDS ON POSH TO WIN TITLE
GARY Johnson has described odds of 16-1 on Posh to win the League One title next season as very generous.
All leading bookmakers opened a market on the division following the weekend’s play-off finals. The Posh price to win League One varies from 11-1 with Bet365 to 16-1 with Blue Square and 888Sport.
Posh are seventh favourites in most lists behind big-spending Southampton, newlyrelegated Sheffield Wednesday, play-off losers Charlton, Huddersfield and Swindon plus dark horses Brighton.
Johnson stopped short of calling his side certainties to challenge for promotion, but he did admit that he is happy with the way his squad is developing and with the backing he has received from chairman Darragh MacAnthony and director of football Barry Fry.
Johnson said: “If we are really 16-1 that sounds very generous to me. You would expect Southampton to be favourites, but we are building a side capable of challenging and I’d be disappointed if we weren’t there Best available odds for League One title: 100-30 Southampton 7-1 Sheffield Wednesday 8-1 Charlton 10-1 Huddersfield 14-1 Swindon 16-1 Brighton 16-1 POSH 20-1 Plymouth 25-1 Colchester 25-1 Bristol Rovers 25-1 MK Dons 33-1 Brentford 33-1 Notts County 66-1 Carlisle 66-1 Leyton Orient or thereabouts.
“But it’s about performing on the pitch, not talking about it now. The only thing I will promise now is that we will play good football with plenty of passion.
“The three lads I’ve signed so far are good players, but they all have that passion inside them.
“Grant McCann has the quality to create and score goals, but he is also a winner and he will be a good character in the dressing room.
“Mark Little impressed me last season, while I am confident Dave Hibbert will improve his scoring record with better players around him.
“There will hopefully be more signings, 66-1 Oldham 80-1 Rochdale 80-1 Tranmere 80-1 Walsall 100-1 Bournemouth 100-1 Exeter 100-1 Hartlepool 125-1 Yeovil 125-1 Dagenham but we have to be mindful that we also have to get rid of some players and that is sometimes not that easy to do.
“But so far it’s gone well. I have received fantastic backing from the chairman and the director of football. They ask me questions about who I want to sign, but that’s okay with me as I do my homework, and so far they’ve supported me 100 per cent.”
Johnson is due back at his desk today after a brief holiday. He hopes to speak to striker Shaun Batt after watching him help Millwall to promotion from League One in the play-off final at Wembley on Saturday.
Johnson remains positive that he can keep star strikers Craig Mackail-Smith and Aaron Mclean at London Road.