League One Manager Preview: Grant McCann and Peterborough
- 17th July 2017
Mike Holden (@Ratings_Mike) previews Grant McCann and Peterborough ahead of the upcoming 2017/18 League One season.
Grant McCann’s first full season in charge of Posh brought a top-half finish but it was surprisingly dull, labelled as the least entertaining in the Darragh MacAnthony era by the local newspaper. However, the club has responded in typical fashion, signing three new strikers who netted a combined haul of 70 goals last term. Ricky Miller is the headline attraction after notching 40 for Dover in the National League but he will be banned for the first six matches, handing the initiative to Jack Marriott and Danny Lloyd.
Drive and determination are probably the most common keywords in McCann’s vocabulary, personal traits with which MacAnthony openly associates. The Ulsterman is an introvert and happy to keep a low profile in the media, allowing his chairman be the official voice of the club. In the dugout, he is primarily concerned with attitude above most technical or tactical concerns, believing the success of any system depends almost entirely on the mindset of the players in executing whatever has been asked of them.
Posh are priming themselves for a switch to 3-5-2 with their summer recruitment, so we shouldn’t expect the return of seven-goal thrillers at London Road anytime soon. McCann has also spoken about signing players whose immediate ambitions align with the club but the proof of the pudding will be in the eating because there’s no escaping the suspicion that MacAnthony is more stimulated by the trading of players as assets rather than actual results. Inconsistency is likely to be the distinguishing feature once again.