The long-suffering but unusually upbeat chairman of Peterborough United Darragh MacAnthony has just confirmed something we all knew was coming, and that he is only committed to the current first-team management structure until the end of this season......
In reality, no one can blame him, Darragh has poured substantial financial and personal resources in the club, fought a pointless withering battle with Marco Cereste (who isn't a fan of football), over what can only be termed a substandard stadium (and a even worse playing surface). Frankly if Mr MacAnthony packed up and dumped the current ground and club, the majority of true supporters, )as we and our 1,000 daily readership do), would still back him in any replacement revamped venture.
But we don't think he will, and genuinely he wants the club to succeed, something he can be personally proud of, but there has somewhere, to be a limit to the amount of hard cash and resources Mr MacAnthony is willing to chip in. Many other chairman would have pulled the plug years ago.
The likes of transient self-important local councillors such as Marco Cereste, former leader of the no overall control council (and currently up for re-election - as a conservative ) should urgently recognise this, and instead of rubber stamping hundreds of thousands in borrowed public funding on self-serving publicity, mates rates commissions, Council PR campaigns and year on year daft vanity projects, put the whole lot into a longer term fighting fund for a completely new Posh purposed built stadium possibly near the railway line, a new railway station alongside Cardea and restored bus services.
No doubt in the process, turning over the current waterlogged riverside site ( the council own it after all) to more high rise high density apartment blocks to match the current out of scale monstrosity, our award winning 'planners' sanctioned for the adjacent site, and several earmarked for other areas of the City. ( Cereste and his political cronies should also publicly recognise our National Competition Winners, the Peterborough Panthers Ice Hockey Team, run on a financial shoestring, compared to the POSH )
In a statement issued today (April 7), MacAnthony says he'll be in Peterborough in May to progress the recruitment of the next Posh manager . The Chairman intends to be very 'hands on' and even interviewing the current interim manager Dave Robertson, together with a short-list of other candidates culled from over 200 applicants. Every player and member of staff is having his/her future reconsidered.
The Posh chairman also set out the ground rules and warned the entire playing squad that all of them are playing for their very futures. Expect to see a number of high profile changes.
Darragh MacAnthonys' Latest Statement:
“Posh fans, I thought it only fair to give you a brief update as to my thoughts on a few topics regarding your club, the subject of the manager’s position, future plans and my thoughts on the next five games and next season.
“First off, I want to thank you for your continued support at recent home games and indeed many away fixtures where our following has been nothing short of phenomenal and most importantly for the large majority of you that are behind myself and the club which has been, and is currently being, shown, in season ticket renewals that we are receiving on a daily basis.
“I appreciate the season at many times has been testing for us all in many aspects whether it be inconsistency in results, lack of goals, lack of free flowing football, managerial changes, ridiculous mass injuries across the squad prior to our new physiotherapist arriving, an awful playing surface, poor performances when it matters and so on.
“I stressed at the start of this campaign that patience would be needed, but had no idea it would lead to it being tested so severely as has been the case on so many occasions this season. I have owned the club for eight full seasons and for 90% of the time, we have been either involved in a title race, an automatic promotion race, a play-off race, winning cup runs to Wembley, staying in the Championship, going into the record books for highest points total for leaving the Championship in dramatic last minute circumstances, or scoring 100 goals in lots of those eight seasons so I guess the bar is always set high considering the percentage of success I’ve just mentioned over those eight seasons.
“Dave Robertson and his staff came in when we were at our lowest moment in a long time, took a talented group of individuals who collectively as a team were fragile and, to be blunt, serial underachievers for most of the season in large parts especially when only winning twice in 20-odd games at one stage.
“They effectively galvanised the squad, had them training and playing with a smile on their faces and this led to us winning five of their first six games in charge against some of the best teams in League One both home and away.
“The last three performances have indeed taken the wind out of our sails so to speak and once more brought with it serious discontent from the terraces not just about the results, but the style in which our players have reverted to. A lot of our fans appear to think the first-team management staff are proponents of so called ‘hoof ball’, yet anybody who has seen how our Academy and its many youth teams over the last six-plus years play can testify to seeing only fast free-flowing, high-scoring football.
“The current management know that I have not committed to them beyond the next five plus games and they also are aware I will be travelling to the UK in May to oversee formal interviews not just with them for the full time position of manager, but with a short list of other candidates to formally interview also. Nobody has been ruled out and effectively nobody has been guaranteed the job either.
“There is a lot that needs to be fixed on the playing staff side of things, but it will take time, it will take restructuring of the first team squad and it will take a lot of hard work on the training ground. Every member of our first team squad is playing for their own futures and they are not naïve as to think I won’t oversee these changes in the summer.
“I have said it previously, but I truly believe we have some very talented individuals playing nowhere near their potential, many of them young and many of them will learn from the inconsistencies they have suffered in their own performances this season, but as a group, as a team, they have been found out once too often this season and the lack of goals scored is a record low in all the time I’ve owned the club. This will be addressed and fixed this summer and it will be interesting to see how many of our own players perform over the final games left in the season.
“I’ll do everything in my power to get our club back to the Championship, back to scoring goals galore and back to being an exciting team that gets our fans on their feet with excitement and joy, this is my promise to you. If you are not interested in backing me to make this happen, I’ll frustratingly understand and do my best to win your business and support back as quick as I can.
Either way I’ll live by the choices Posh fans make and I’ll do everything in my power to make you happy and keep you happy as best I can.
Keep it Posh!
E&OE google.com/+JulianBray Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 (Option: Reportophone enhanced) ISDN COOBE LINK: +44 (0) 1733 345020 [G722 & ATX Codecs] IPHONE 0743 303145 http://feeds.feedburner.com/BraysDuckhouseBlog