Dar­ragh has the ut­most faith in his man­ager McCann

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Bob French bob.french@jpress.co.uk

Dar­ragh MacAn­thony was gloved up for a fight . . . but the op­po­si­tion failed to show.

Af­ter strong crit­i­cism on so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing the loss at home to Brad­ford City, the Posh chair­man in­vited the whingers and moan­ers to meet him face to face at last week’s fans fo­rum to dis­cuss their griev­ances.

Pre­dictably they failed to show. In­stead 50diehard sup­port­ers turned up - more for a chat than a row with their beloved leader.

What fol­lowed was a warm, good-hu­moured dis­cus­sion that went on for an hour and a half.

Yet three times MacAn­thony went off at a tan­gent to de­fend crit­i­cism he re­ceived for ap­point­ing Grant McCann.

The fans never men­tioned the man­ager in their ques­tions but that didn’t stop MacAn­thony ram­ming home loud and clear that he had the ut­most faith in ‘the gaffer’.

“Peo­ple say I took the cheap op­tion - well noth­ing is cheap about me,” he said. “Grant McCann is not the cheap op­tion - he’s the right op­tion.

“McCann is a born win­ner. He wants to im­prove ev­ery­thing and learn ev­ery­thing. He’s re­ally em­brac­ing his in­di­vid­ual ca­reer and I have alot of faith in him.

“What­ever has gone on in mylife, I’m good at re­cruit­ing. I turned down a very, very top man­ager to get Grant. I feel very con­fi­dent but I’ m not get­ting ex­cited un­til May .”

MacAn­thony also spoke at length about the club’s pol­icy of sell­ing the best play­ers.

He re­it­er­ated what he said in his pre-sea­son mes­sage to the fans, that a club like Posh with av­er­age gates of 5,000 need to sell top play­ers to sur­vive.

“Play­ers join us be­cause of our pol­icy ,” he in­sisted .“That’ s why Tom Ni­chols chose us ahead of clubs play­ing at a higher level. Chet­tle and Ni­chols came in on the back of Conor Wash­ing­ton be­ing sold.”

And he de­fended the de- ci­sion to sell Wash­ing­ton to QPR.

“Ev­ery man­ager told me Conor Wash­ing­ton was rub­bish, so to get £2.8 mil­lion for him - how does that make me the bad guy?

“The rea­son we didn’t get pro­moted last sea­son was noth­ing to do with sell­ing Conor Wash­ing­ton. It wasn’t even in the top four.”

An­other is­sue to get an air­ing was the clo­sure of the Lon­don Road end for a re­cent game.

MacAn­thony said clos­ing cer­tain sec­tions of the ground was purely down to cost.

“We are run­ning a busi­ness and there’s no point in pay­ing to man an empty stand,” he said.

“But in hind­sight clos­ing the Lon­don Road end was per­haps not a good idea. The play­ers hated it and it won’t hap­pen again.” Ques­tions raised that re­ceived much shorter replies from the nine-strong top ta­ble:

Can we make the print on the fix­ture cards big­ger next sea­son?

Why are the replica shirts smaller this sea­son? Who don’ t we have au­to­mated turn­stiles? Can we have play­ers names on the front of their shirts as well as the back? How can we get more East­ern Euro­peans to watch Posh? Does the grounds man know his sprinker’s not work­ing?

Dar­ragh MacAn­thony.

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