Former Hull City boss Grant McCann returns to Peterborough United as manager, the club have confirmed.
Peterborough were left managerless by Darren Ferguson’s resignation just days ago.
The club sit 23rd in the Championship, eight points from safety, though, with one game in hand.
Grant McCann Returns as Peterborough United Boss
🔵 We are delighted to confirm Grant McCann as the club’s new first team manager.
Grant will be assisted by Cliff Byrne, a former team-mate at Scunthorpe United and long-term number two of the Northern Irishman.#pufc
— Peterborough United (@theposh) February 24, 2022
McCann’s Availability Made Return Obvious
As soon as Ferguson’s resignation was confirmed, Grant McCann was immediately installed as the favourite to take over at The Posh.
It’s come as no surprise to supporters – or football fans anywhere really – given the club shown a will to bring ex-managers back several times with Darren Ferguson.
McCann’s availability also made him an obvious candidate for any club at the top-end of League One or lower-end Championship. He was recently linked with the post at Sunderland but appeared behind Roy Keane and eventual new head coach Alex Neil in the running at the Stadium of Light.
McCann knows Peterborough United inside out having both played for and managed the club. He made 186 appearances for The Posh, scoring 35 goals and providing 40 assists. McCann was a midfielder in his day and went on to manage the club between 2016-2018 following a caretaker stint in 2015.
His appointment comes almost four years to the day of his sacking with Peterborough at that time on a seven-match winless run.
Since his time at The Posh, he has done a decent job at Doncaster Rovers, notably matching their furthest run in the FA Cup and losing in the League One play-off semi-finals. He then gained promotion with Hull City as League One champions in 2021, bouncing straight back after leading them to relegation.
His dismissal from Hull came as a result of a change of ownership. The new owners wanted to head in a different direction and McCann was moved on despite picking up two big wins over Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers within a week’s time.
McCann’s first game in charge will see him host former side, Hull, on Saturday, February 26.
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