David Oldfield placed in caretaker charge of Peterborough United following Grant McCann exit

by Jack Kitson / 26 February 2018, 09:35

Peterborough United are on the hunt for a new manager after parting ways with Grant McCann on Sunday night.

The decision came after a run of seven matches without a win, which left Posh 10th in League One and six points adrift of the play-offs.

Saturday's 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon - the club's fourth draw in a row - proved to be McCann's final match after nearly two years in charge, during which he won 42, draw 28 and lost 35 of his 105 matches (40% win rate).

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The former Posh player replaced Graham Westley back in May 2016, and went on to finish 11th last season, 11 points outside of the top-6.

This season Posh flew out of the traps, winning each of their opening four league games, which won McCann the Manager of the Month award for August. However, the club then registered only two wins in 10 matches, but while their form then picked up in December, a run of one victory in nine games has seen the club take action at this pivotal stage of the season.

Peterborough will hope the decision boosts their push for the play-offs as they bid to return to the Championship following a five year absence.

McCann's assistant manager David Oldfield has been placed in caretaker charge of the first team while the club searches for a new manager.

Oldfield, a former Posh player and ex manager of Brackley Town, has also emerged as the early favourite in the betting to replace McCann, while the likes of Michael Appleton, Mansfield’s Steve Evans, Lincoln gaffer Danny Cowley, Mark Warburton, and Birmingham City boss Steve Cotterill are also in the mix for the job.

Peterborough are next in action at home to Walsall on Tuesday night.

In a club statement owner Darragh MacAnthony said:

“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."

Meanwhile, Director of football Barry Fry had this to say:

“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.”

 

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