McCann be­lieves he can clinch pro­mo­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - MANAGER'S MESSAGE -

Posh man­ager Grant McCann is a be­liever and so are his play­ers.

They are now pre­par­ing to make the fans be­lieve that pro­mo­tion from League One is a pos­si­bil­ity in 2017-18.

In McCann’s tough first year as Posh boss he man­aged to ar­rest a five-year de­cline in League po­si­tion.

McCann is now de­ter­mined to en­sure more for­ward mo­men­tum fol­lows as Posh at­tempt to end a five-year stay in League One.

Posh fin­ished in 11th place last sea­son, but that’s not good enough for a chair­man like Dar­ragh MacAn­thony who con­tin­ues to pump money into a club he pur­chased over a decade ago.

“There will be 17 or 18 teams who be­lieve they have a shot at pro­mo­tion this sea­son,” McCann stated.

“And we are one of them. There is no other way to ap­proach a new sea­son.

“What would be the point of start­ing with a view you have no chance of ac­com­plish­ing any­thing? That you have no chance of fin­ish­ing in the top six?

“It won’t be easy of course, but it’s a chal­lenge me, my staff and the play­ers are look­ing for­ward to enor­mously.

“I wouldn’t rule any team out of a pro­mo­tion chal­lenge this sea­son.

“Northampton have made about 14 sign­ings this sum­mer and they will be con­fi­dent. Bury have prob­a­bly made even more sign­ings.

“You never know what lies ahead. Who could have pre­dicted that Fleet­wood would end up in the play-offs last sea­son?

“They have shown what’s pos­si­ble with good or­gan­i­sa­tion, good sign­ings and self-be­lief. They will be the tem­plate for a lot of clubs this sea­son.

“We have a good chance. Be­lieve me the at­mos­phere in our dress­ing room is 100 per cent bet­ter than it was last sea­son.

“We have a real pos­i­tive vibe.

“We have a dress­ing room full of strong char­ac­ters and pos­i­tive char­ac­ters.

“We have made some great sign­ings thanks to the back­ing of the chair­man and the skills of our direc­tor of foot­ball Barry Fry.

“We had a lot of abil­ity in the squad last sea­son, but we didn’t have the right char­ac­ters. That’s all changed.

“I don’t see a Sh­effield United in the di­vi­sion this sea­son, but I do see an im­prove­ment in the gen­eral stan­dard.

“Some big clubs have come down and will ex­pect to chal­lenge to go straight back up and I don’t see the top three teams in League Two last sea­son hav­ing to strug­gle against rel­e­ga­tion.

“But I have great con­fi­dence in my squad. I’m very com­fort­able with the play­ers I have.

“We will have more goals in us. We will carry much more of a threat go­ing for­ward and we have a strong all-round de­fence.”

The book­ies are not shar­ing McCann’s op­ti­mism.

The lat­est odds on Posh to win League One with Sky Bet are 22/1. The odds for McCann’s men to win pro­mo­tion are 15/2.

They are the long­est odds on Posh to re­turn to the Cham­pi­onship in the four sea­sons since they left.

“I can’t worry about what the book­mak­ers or the pun­dits think,” McCann added.

“I know my squad has my full back­ing.”

Posh boss Grant McCann is op­ti­mistic ahead of the new sea­son.

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