Back­room boys are first-class says the man­ager

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sports - by ALAN SWANN

POSH boss Gary John­son be­lieves he has a first-class back­room team as well as a first-class play­ing squad.

John­son added for­mer West Ham player Mark Rob­son to his coach­ing staff ear­lier this week. He also ap­pointed his younger brother Pete John­son to the post of chief scout.

Rob­son coached at Gilling­ham last sea­son and has also worked for Charl­ton. John­son ju­nior has worked for his brother at Bris­tol City and Yeovil.

“I am very happy with the staff I in­her­ited,” in­sisted the Posh man­ager. “But I’m also de­lighted to have added Mark and my brother to the team.

“I’ve known Mark for a long time. We did our coach­ing badges to­gether and I’ve al­ways fan­cied that we would work well to­gether.

“My brother has been with me for a long time and I trust him im­plic­itly. He knows ex­actly the sort of player I want and he has un­earthed some gems in his time.

“For in­stance at Bris­tol City we picked up Marvin El­liott from Mill­wall for £50,000 and he soon had a £2 mil­lion price tag on his head, while Pete also spot­ted goal­keeper Adri­ano Bassu play­ing for Wok­ing and he turned into a Bris­tol City hero.

“There are oth­ers like Jamie McCombe and Jamie McCal­lis­ter who we signed for peanuts and who were very good play­ers for City.

“I’m very pleased to bring Mark and Pete to the club, but I’ve also been very im­pressed with the work Nicky Eaden has done on the coach­ing field so they will be work­ing with the first team to­gether.

“New physio Pete Corder will re­vamp that depart­ment for me, while Ben Macken­zie is as good a sports sci­en­tist as I’ve ever seen and Barry Richardson is do­ing well as goal­keep­ing coach.

“We do have a very good play­ing squad, but the back­room team is just as im­por­tant.”

NEW MAN AT THE HELM: New Posh coach Mark Rob­son pic­tured at train­ing this week.

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