The search for the next Peterborough United manager is hotting up, as people once thought of as favourites are ruled out, and so are former World Cup winners.
In an interview with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony revealed that he has been inundated with applications for the vacant seat in the ABAX dugout. He revealed applications have been made by ex-England players, ex-Premier League players, and the most surprising name of all, the agent of Gennaro Gattuso. So far, the man nicknamed “Rino”(Rhino) has failed to achieve a win percentage of above 40% at the three clubs he has managed in Switzerland, Italy and Greece. But MacAnthony revealed that he would like a British manager to take over the reigns from the recently departed Darren Ferguson.
The two favourites with Sky Bet have both been ruled out today. Second favourite, Rotherham manager Steve Evans who has family in the area, and is thought to be a big supporter of the Posh, has been ruled out of the running, in the short term anyway, after Millers chairman Tony Stewart said the Scott would “110% not be leaving”. The man who has been favourite, Grant McCann, has also been ruled out by the Peterborough Chairman himself in the interview with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. “I have a lot of time for Grant, he will be a great manager one day, but he needs to earn his stripes first.”
When asked about the checklist for his new manager, and who might fit the mould, the ever-forward Irishman was keen to avoid names, but did give hints to the character he wants in the dugout. “People know what I like. I’m quite predictable. I don’t want a ‘yes’ man. Darren was never a ‘yes’ man. I want a man who can re-invigorate this squad with fresh ideas.” Darragh was also keen to avoid ruling out current interim manager Dave Robertson. Robertson, who has made the step up from the Posh youth team to take charge of the first team will be in charge until a new manager is found, but Robertson will get his chance.
“That man might be Dave Robertson. I spoke to him today (February 23) and just told him to get on with the job and win some games. Winning solves everything and I know I have a good man in charge on Saturday.
“Some people in the game look down at coaches who have not been professional players, but David bleeds blue and he shouldn’t be under-estimated. He’s done a great job on a restricted budget with our youth team. He’s very popular with players and coaches and he’s very positive.
“I will be holding interviews with other candidates and Dave knows that, but if he gets the team winning he will make my life very difficult.”
With MacAnthony also revealing he does not want to pay any compensation for his next manager, today’s events would appear to have eliminated 15 of the managers in Sky Bet’s running, throwing the floor wide open for debate once again.