We need win­ners

Peter­bor­ough United chair­man Dar­ragh MacAn­thony has is­sued his usual pre-sea­son ad­dress to the club’s fans.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - CHAIRMAN'S CHAT -

I am con­fi­dent we will be a bet­ter team this sea­son

Barry Fry has worked won­ders this sum­mer

And it’s fair to say he was in typ­i­cally bullish form!

“Buckle up Posh fans,” MacAn­thony stated. “It’s go­ing to be an in­cred­i­bly ex­cit­ing sea­son with many more ups than downs.”

TAR­GETS

We can win League One. We can score 110 goals. We want a good run in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy.

We can pro­vide the League One Golden Boot win­ner.

We can have a few play­ers in the League One team-ofthe-year.

We can re­ceive some in­ter­na­tional call-ups.

“I pre­dict we will be there or there­abouts to­wards the top end of the ta­ble by Christ­mas, but then the great work from our head of sports sci­ence Ben Macken­zie will kick in and we will fin­ish the sea­son strongly.”

A GREAT SUM­MER

“It’s been a great sum­mer for us and an ex­cel­lent trans­fer win­dow.

“We needed to se­ri­ously change the type of per­son­al­ity we have in the dress­ing room which we have done.

“We also needed to im­prove the qual­ity of our squad which we have also done.

“It’s been the big­gest up­heaval since the first Jan­uary/ sum­mer of Dar­ren Ferguson’s reign as man­ager when we also brought in top play­ers with great at­ti­tudes like the Holy Trin­ity of Ge­orge Boyd, Craig Mack­ail-Smith and Aaron Mclean.

“We are a club that has given so many great young play­ers their big op­por­tu­nity, but last sea­son our very young man­ager had to deal with so many bad sit­u­a­tions I’m ac­tu­ally sur­prised we fin­ished as high as 11th.

“We couldn’t speak pub­licly about some of the things that went on be­cause the PFA wouldn’t let us, but trust me, our rookie man­ager dealt with ev­ery­thing im­pec­ca­bly.

“The off-field prob­lems def­i­nitely af­fected us on the field though and it will be dif­fer­ent this sea­son.

“That’s not me be­ing vin­dic­tive. I pay play­ers’ wages and I am en­ti­tled to say what I think about them all.

“We have now signed great char­ac­ters with bub­bly personalities like Danny Lloyd and Ricky Miller. It was a pri­or­ity to sign top play­ers who had great at­ti­tudes.

“We did solid due dili­gence on all of them and we made it clear in (the pre-sea­son train­ing camp) Spain what we ex­pected from them.

“I did a 90-minute pre­sen­ta­tion stress­ing that it’s not just about win­ning matches, it’s about buy­ing into the ethics and ethos of Peter­bor­ough United.

“I want the play­ers out in the com­mu­nity. I want them all to do their bit, but I want them vol­un­teer­ing rather than wait­ing to be asked. I also want them to stick to­gether when the go­ing gets tough as it will at times dur­ing the sea­son.

“I want the play­ers to all bust a gut to get into the first­team, but if they’re not picked I want them on the side­lines cheer­ing us on.

“Ricky Miller tweeted some­thing the other day about get­ting be­hind the lads even though he is sus­pended for the first six games and that’s the sort of at­ti­tude I want.

“In the past that hasn’t al­ways hap­pened. Play­ers who weren’t get­ting picked be­came a prob­lem and that is very un­set­tling.

“I want win­ners this sea­son not sulk­ers.

“I’m also de­lighted so many play­ers we didn’t want have been moved on. Barry Fry has worked won­ders in the sum­mer.”

THE PLAY­ING SQUAD

“It’s great to have a happy camp, but that has to trans­late into a win­ning foot­ball team.

“I am con­fi­dent we will be a bet­ter team this sea­son, but the proof will come by us win­ning matches.

“I’m ex­cited by the for­ward line we’ve put to­gether. Last sea­son, for the first time I can re­mem­ber in my time at the club, we had very lit­tle pace up front. In fact we’ve lacked pace since Conor Wash­ing­ton left.

“We had the worst set of strik­ers goal-ra­tio wise for years.

“Last sea­son no League One de­fend­ers feared us. We were too easy to play against. We were too pre­dictable.

“We’ve ad­dressed that now. We have se­ri­ous pace up front and I be­lieve Jack Mar­riott will be the one who re­ally pleases our fans. He’s a grey­hound with the tech­ni­cal abil­ity to play in the Cham­pi­onship.

“Danny Lloyd is our wild­card. Our man­ager al­ready be­lieves he will be chal­leng­ing Mar­cus Mad­di­son for his place in the side.

“Michael Doughty will be an im­por­tant ad­di­tion in our mid­field. He was a key tar­get for us this sum­mer.

“If he, Chris For­rester and An­thony Grant com­bine as I think they will, it will solve many of our mid­field is­sues from last sea­son.

“It’s a tragedy An­thony Grant has never played higher than League One, but I think the penny has dropped with him. He’s been bril­liant this sum­mer.

“De­fen­sively Ryan Tafa­zolli had a good first sea­son with us, but he will be even bet­ter this time around and we will be man­ag­ing Jack Bald­win care­fully. Our win per­cent­age when Jack plays is im­pres­sive.

“We’ve had to be cre­ative with our bud­get. I’d loved to have been able to sign Ol­lie Watkins from Ex­eter and if we’d have been in the Cham­pi­onship I’d have com­peted strongly with Brent­ford for him.

“Peo­ple have been bang­ing on about Bury and the amount of play­ers they have signed, but they knew they were go­ing to get a mil­lion pounds for James Vaughan and they could plan ac­cord­ingly.

“We acted quickly when we sold Michael Bost­wick. That move helped us bring Steven Tay­lor to the club on a good con­tract - we are good pay­ers to good play­ers - and to bring Alex Penny into the squad and what a good player he will turn out to be.

“Ev­ery­one is aware of Tay­lor’s pedi­gree and he will be a

Dar­ragh has a laugh with Grant McCann.

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