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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Gannon ready to boost Posh cause under MacAnthony

Championship round-up

NOT many people would agree to work for a man they had never met let alone one with a reputation for hiring and then firing, but Jim Gannon has done exactly that. And, after watching Peterborough win only their fourth game of their Championship campaign, he sees no reason to regret becoming the club's third manager in three months.

Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony, having fallen out with Darren Ferguson in November, and just pulled the plug on Mark Cooper, opted for Gannon last week. And Gannon has already made progress in changing that picture, with a ninth-minute goal from Aaron McLean enough to defeat QPR in his first game in charge.

But overturning a nine-point deficit on the clubs outside the relegation zone is Gannon's top priority but the property developer is based in the US and wants the Posh boss to fly out to formulate plans for next season. Gannon, however, has only Cardiff, Peterborough's destination tomorrow night, on his mind. "I've told him I've got way too much work on," he said. "I would love to go to New York but for me the priority is to be as hands-on as much I can to make sure we turn things round. I could meet him in Dublin I suppose -- or Shannon Airport."

Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest manager, Billy Davies, was delighted by his team's response to losing their long unbeaten record to neighbours Derby County last weekend as Forest won 2-1 at home to Sheffield Wednesday thanks to two Dexter Blackstock goals. "I was just pleased that we showed the character to win what was a very difficult game," Davies said.

Forest are third in the Championship, one point behind West Bromwich Albion in second, while Swansea City in fifth also consolidated their play-off place with a 2-0 home win over Preston. First-half goals from David Cotterill and Ashley Williams put the Swans in charge. At the bottom, Crystal Palace continued their spirited response to going into administration by winning 2-1 at 10-man Scunthorpe.

Irish Independent

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