The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by ALAN SWANN

DAR­RAGH MacAn­thony is al­ready con­vinced that Gary John­son will be a bet­ter ap­point­ment as Posh man­ager than Dar­ren Fer­gu­son.

The Posh chair­man has been im­pressed with the qual­ity of player al­ready at­tracted to London Road by John­son. Posh have beaten off op­po­si­tion from Cham­pi­onship clubs to sign mid­field­ers Grant McCann and James Wesolowski this sum­mer.

Striker Dave Hib­bert and right­back Mark Lit­tle have also moved to Posh since the end of last sea­son. All four new sign­ings in­sisted the pres­ence of John­son at Posh was a fac­tor in their moves to the club.

McAn­thony to­day de­scribed John­son as his ‘best ap­point­ment’ and he is con­vinced that the League One ti­tle will be in reach for the club’s new-look team.

Fer­gu­son steered Posh to back- to-back pro­mo­tions, but left the club when they slumped to the bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship last Novem­ber.

MacAn­thony said: “In my opin­ion Gary is the best ap­point­ment yet. The fella is a true pro and a proper track­suit man­ager which will make a nice change.

“Also what I love about him is that ev­ery player he signs, he has the Cham­pi­onship in mind for them as well.

“By the time pre-sea­son starts we will have nine new ad­di­tions in to­tal and a hell of a 22-man squad to chal­lenge any team in League One.

“We are not hav­ing a go at go­ing back up, we are go­ing flat out for the ti­tle and I mean that.”

John­son, who moved into the London Road hot­seat to­wards the end of April, has been flat­tered by the praise aimed at him by his new re­cruits.

He re­vealed that he likes to in­ter­view prospec­tive new play­ers to make sure that they will be able to get on with each other.

John­son said: ”I do my home­work on all the play­ers that we sign. I also like to in­ter­view them in depth as it’s im­por­tant I know their char­ac­ters.

“It’s good to hear that they want to work with me and to be fair it’s been a pretty good month for the club.

“All the play­ers we have tar­geted have signed for us - it’s def­i­nitely a case of so far, so good,”

Posh are hop­ing to an­nounce the cap­ture of a young winger cur­rently at a Premier League club.

POSH Re­serves will play at Corby Town in the Northamp­ton­shire FA’s Maun­sell Cup on Sun­day, Au­gust 1.

Other re­serve team friendlies have been con­firmed at His­ton (Wed, July 21) and Bedford (Wed, July 28).

His­ton man­ager John Beck, who used to work with Posh boss Gary John­son at Cam­bridge United, is ex­pected to take Posh academy play­ers on loan to play in the Blue Square Premier Di­vi­sion this sea­son.

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