Peterborough United have sacked manager and club legend Grant McCann after a run of seven matches without a win, leaving them 10th in League One.

The 37-year-old former Northern Ireland international, made 185 appearances for the Posh and is a former club captain. McCann has been in charge at the ABAX Stadium since May 2016. His last game in charge was Saturday’s 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon.

In his first season last year, McCann led Posh to 11th place in League One, 11 points off the play-offs. He leaves with them 10th in 2017-18, six points adrift of the top six.

David Oldfield has been put in caretaker charge of the team ahead of Tuesday night’s Sky Bet League One fixture with Walsall.

Chairman Darragh MacAnthony told the club website “I love Grant, he is a legend of this football club and always will be but it has not quite happened in management for him here and it was the right time to part ways. I thank him for all his efforts and wish him and his family the very best in the future.”

Director of Football Barry Fry also added “Grant has worked morning, afternoon and night on behalf of the football club.  There is such a thin line between success and failure. There have been many decisions that have gone against us this season and we would certainly be in a better position in the league had they gone in our favour.”

“His work ethic has been second to none and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him for any job at any other club. I would like to thank Grant for his magnificent service to Peterborough United Football Club.”

As for McCann, he won 42 of his 105 games in charge, not a bad record in truth for his first managerial job, but it’s fair to say the quality of football had deteriorated in recent weeks.

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