It’s great to be ‘back home’ says Old­field

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - ASSISTANT MANAGER'S VIEW -

New as­sis­tant man­ager David Old­field in­sists it’s a priv­i­lege to be back at Peter­bor­ough United.

Old­field made 99 ap­pear­ances for Posh between March 2000 and Au­gust 2002, scor­ing five times un­der the man­age­ment of Barry Fry.

He’d pre­vi­ously played for Manch­ester City, Le­ices­ter and Stoke among other clubs in a play­ing ca­reer of 20 years that in­volved just over 650 matches.

And he’s en­joyed suc­cess as a coach, help­ing Bur­ton Al­bion to a pro­mo­tion from League Two un­der the man­age­ment of Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink be­fore join­ing him at QPR.

But Old­field (49) feels at home at Posh.

“I feel for­tu­nate to be back,” Old­field ad­mit­ted. “This club is im­por­tant to me so I was pleased we could sort some­thing out over the sum­mer.

“I knew be­fore I came back here that I would be able to work with Grant McCann. He’s a man I knew well, but it was still use­ful to come and spend the last cou­ple of weeks of last sea­son with the play­ers to get to know them as well.

“I knew most of them through watch­ing them live and on TV so I knew the abil­ity was there.

“My job is to help im­prove them a lit­tle bit in every depart­ment and if we do that we will have a chance.

“Ev­ery­one can see what good abil­ity there is in the squad. I’m in­ter­ested in their men­tal abil­ity as well. I want to see them show en­thu­si­asm and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the way Grant wants them to play.

“Body lan­guage is im­por­tant. I will be keep­ing an eye on that.

“I’m in­ter­ested in how the play­ers think about, and deal with, cer­tain sit­u­a­tions. They need to know how lucky we all are to be in­volved in foot­ball every day of our work­ing lives.

“This is a club that gives op­por­tu­ni­ties to young play­ers, but they have to show the right at­ti­tude and they need to do the ba­sics well.

“So far the play­ers have re­acted well, but there is al­ways room for im­prove­ment. Stan­dards have to be kept high as you never know what’s around the cor­ner in our sport.

“The work ethic has to be good. Things can change very quickly in foot­ball.

“There is strong lead­er­ship at this club from the chair­man down and I want to add to that.

“There is also a strong de­sire from the chair­man down­wards for us to have suc­cess and I want to as­sist with that as well.”

David Old­field (right) with man­ager Grant McCann.

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