The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by ALAN SWANN

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.


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