Five potential candidates to replace Grant McCann at Peterborough United
There was an element of surprise to the news that Peterborough United have parted company with their manager, Grant McCann. The League One side are currently 10th in the league and are only six points off the Play-Offs. McCann is a former Peterborough player and is considered a legend at London Road. Therefore, many will be questioning why they have sacked him. Their owner, Darragh McAnthony, is ambitious and obviously feels that McCann is not the man to take them forward and that there are better options out there for them.
Here are five potential candidates for the vacant position, we've deliberately avoided talking about Steve Evans who appears to be the (current) favourite for the position.
The former Hibernian and Rotherham United manager has recently signalled his intentions of getting back into management. He seems to be getting linked with a lot of vacant jobs in the Football League recently and deserves another chance in the game. He was sacked by Rotherham United in October 2016 whilst they were struggling in the Championship and he has not found a new job since. However, he did a very good job prior to getting the Rotherham position with Scottish side Hibernian. He guided them to their first ever Scottish Cup win and perhaps jumped too quick at the chance of managing in England by taking the Millers job. He has a point to prove in England and would be a good appointment by Peterborough.
The Australian coach played for Peterborough as a player along with spells at Manchester City, Stoke City and Leicester City. Since retiring, he has worked as a coach at the likes of West Bromwich Albion, MK Dons, Burton Albion and QPR. He was the assistant manager to Grant McCann and has been placed in caretaker charge. This is a position that he has been in before in 2011. If he impresses in the few games he is given, could they be tempted to give it him until the end of the season?
Peterborough United will no doubt have Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley high on their lists of potential candidates to replace Grant McCann. He has been a real success at Lincoln City having guided them to the National League title last season and an FA Cup run where his side beat Premier League side Burnley away at Turf Moor. They have carried on their momentum from the last campaign into this one with them currently just out of the League Two Play-Offs by four points at the moment and have a Wembley trip to look forward to in the Checkatrade Trophy final. However, he will be very hard to lure away from Sincil Bank, as Championship side Barnsley found out last month.
The 47-year-old is currently manager of fellow League One side Walsall. He is another name that is in the frame for the Peterborough United job. His Walsall side has struggled this season but has done well in their previous campaigns under Whitney. He has been the subject of some doubt from Walsall fans that he is not the man to lead them into the future, therefore, he may see the opportunity of managing Peterborough United as an escape route.
The former Brentford, Rangers and Nottingham Forest manager is an outsider for the Peterborough job. He would be a great appointment by them based on his experience and reputation. He got Brentford promoted out of League One in the 2013/14 season before getting them into the Championship Play-Offs in the next campaign. He then won the Scottish Championship title and the Scottish Challenge Cup with Rangers in 2016 before an unsuccessful spell with Nottingham Forest. Nevertheless, he will be back in the game before no time.