McCann be­lieves... now his play­ers must do the same

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Come on Boro -

Posh man­ager Grant McCann be­lieves he has one of the best squads in league One. One of his ma­jor tasks now is to make the play­ers be­lieve it as well.

McCann is a mod­est, as well as model, pro­fes­sional. There will be none of the tub- thump­ing bom­bast of pre­vi­ous sum­mers when pre­dic­tions of pro­mo­tion were more com­mon than the sun.

McCann ex­pects his club to go well. He­ex­pects his play­ers will play with free­do­mand with­the­con­fi­dence­to­ex­press them­selves.

But he will go no fur­ther than that. There are some big clubs in League One and Posh will have to play con­sis­tently ex­cel­lent foot­ball to fin­ish above them.

“We will be play­ing some topteams,” McCann­said.“The likes of Sh­effield United and Charl­ton­will have­some­ex­cel­lent play­ers, but I have some ex­cel­lent play­ers as well.

“I don’t go in for pre­dic­tions about where we will fin­ish, but I am de­ter­mined that Peter­bor­oughUnit­ed­willplay ex­cit­ing, at­tack­ing foot­ball.

“We will be pos­i­tive in the way we set up for games and I will­be­pos­i­tive­with­my­changes dur­ing games.

“It’s the only way I know how to play foot­ball. It’s the way I played the game and it’s the way I will be as a man­ager.

“My job ini­tially is to get the play­ers be­liev­ing in them­selves so they can play with con­fi­dence and free­dom.

“We have a tal­ented squad andIwant­them­toshowitev­ery time they step on the field.

“Pre-sea­son went well for us with the ob­vi­ous ex­cep­tion of­se­ri­ous­in­juriestoLeeAn­gol and Brad In­man.

“I don’t take a lot of no­tice of the re­sults in friendlies, but it is good that we won a few games and that we beat strong op­po­si­tion like Leeds and Brent­ford.

“The win at Brent­ford was pleas­ing­be­cau­seit­showedwe can win­by­play­ing well de­fen­sively.

“It’s not the way I want to play, but some­times you have no choice.

“I nev­er­liked­pre-sea­sonas a player. It’s ob­vi­ously been a bit dif­fer­ent as a man­agerand I was very happy with the way we struc­tured the sum­mer to give us the best chance of start­ing the League One sea­son well.

“But I’m glad it’s out of the way now and we can con­cen­trate on the com­pet­i­tive matches.

“I’m as ex­cited nowasIwas when I was play­ing.

“It’s ob­vi­ously a new chal­lenge for measaman­ager, but I’m up for it.

“I’ve learnt alot from­work­ing as anas­sis­tant man­agerin the last two sea­sons, but now the de­ci­sions and the re­spon­si­bil­ity are mine.

“I can’t wait to get started. Me and the play­ers are more ready.”

Posh man­ager Grant McCann is ready for all the chal­lenges ahead.

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