I have a good feel­ing about Grant

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Of Sport -

Any­one else no­tice the calm­ness around the ABAX Sta­dium? The usual pre­sea­son blus­ter of win­ning pro­mo­tion with 100 goals and 100 points (copy­right Barry Fry esq) has been not­i­ca­bly ab­sent, and I for one quite like it.

Posh fans, and some club of­fi­cials, have no right to ex­pect a place in the Cham­pi­onship just be­cause we bat­tled gamely up there for a cou­ple of sea­sons re­cently.

There is noth­ing wrong with hav­ing am­bi­tion, but scream­ing hy­per­bole from the rooftops is a silly tactic that in­vites mock­ery from oth­ers and dis­may from our own fans when it goes wrong, as it of­ten does to clubs with fan-bases out of all pro­por­tion to ex­pec­ta­tions.

New man­ager Grant McCann (right) is a quiet man. He’s a softly-spo­ken North­ern Ir­ish­man, but he won’t suf­fer fools gladly and he won’t shirk from the tough de­ci­sions.

I have a good feel­ing about his man­age­ment (ad­mit­tedly for no other rea­son than the re­spect he so ob­vi­ously gar­ners from pretty much every­one in foot­ball), but do I ex­pect tan­gi­ble suc­cess this sea­son? Not re­ally, but I do hope he is given enough time to clear up the wreck­age left be­hind by Gra­ham West­ley.

It took Pre­ston a cou­ple of sea­sons, and the ap­point­ment of a proven League One pro­mo­tion-win­ner in Si­mon Grayson, to re­cover from that one man’s mad­ness. I wouldn’t be sur­prised if the same hap­pens at Posh un­der a rookie boss.

McCann clearly has the nec­es­sary ruth­less streak. He didn’t of­fer a friend, a team­mate and proven war­rior in Gaby Zakuani a new con­tract when do­ing so would hardly have caused a rip­ple of protest.

He was quick to de­cide Harry Beau­ty­man was good enough for Northamp­ton Town, but not Peter­bor­ough United and he will clearly pick start­ing line-ups on form rather than rep­u­ta­tion as Michael Bost­wick ap­pears to have found out.

McCann possesses clar­ity of thought un­like his mud­dled, stats-ob­sessed pre­de­ces­sor and he must be given the free­dom, as well as the time, to turn those plans into a suc­cess­ful for­mula.

For what it’s worth I agree with the book­mak­ers who make us 18/1 tenth favourites to win League One.

I sus­pect, like many other clubs, we will flirt with the play-offs at times, but pa­tience will be re­quired with a new team.

Posh look to have im­proved their de­fen­sive unit, goal­keeper Ben Al­nwick looks sharp and mid­field places will be hard to win and hard to keep.

My main con­cern is the ab­sence of a striker who will score 15 League One goals. The three most at­tack­ing play­ers in the Posh squad, Mar­cus Mad­di­son, Paul Tay­lor and Shaquile Coulthirst, might need their own ball to play with this sea­son.

Mind you I never ex­pected Conor Wash­ing­ton to em­bark on the sort of scor­ing spree he en­joyed last sea­son so what do I know?

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