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Former Northern Ireland international Grant McCann raring to go after taking the reins at Peterborough

Published 17/05/2016

Big chance: New boss Grant McCann
Big chance: New boss Grant McCann

Grant McCann says he's ready to steer Peterborough United to success after netting his first managerial role.

The former Northern Ireland international was in caretaker charge of Posh for their final two games of the season following the sacking of Graham Westley and he has been promoted to manager on a permanent basis.

In the two games he led the side to a brace of entertaining victories, scoring nine goals in the process.

Westley was at the helm for seven months but was relieved of the post following a 2-0 defeat to Scunthorpe, their fourth defeat in five games.

McCann, who returned to the League One side after a short spell with Linfield at the start of last year, said: "I would like to thank the chairman and the board of directors for the opportunity and I can't wait to get started.

"I am ready for this role, I have a strong affinity with this football club and the supporters have really got behind me during my spell in caretaker charge.

"We have good people in the management structure who have played for this club and know what representing this club means. I'll be making an appointment as an assistant manager from outside of the club and that will be good to provide a different voice. It was really important to get things done now before the summer because we have a lot of work to do.

"I am already in talks with potential new players. I am sure the supporters are aware of how I like the game to be played and we will be working hard on what we do without the ball in pre-season to get that right. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead."

Former Cliftonville striker Joe Gormley and ex-Ballymena United defender Michael Smith are in McCann's new squad.

There are a number of other changes in the background staff with Mark Tyler being named as goalkeeping coach and David Farrell in charge of the new Under-21s side.

• Crusaders have signed goalkeeper Michael Dougherty from H&W Welders and also confirmed Philip Lowry's arrival.

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