Jim Gannon was, late last night, confirmed as Peterborough United manager (http://www.theposh.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10427~1952508,00.html).
The appointment was announced in just less than twelve hours after previous manager Mark Cooper had been sacked from his position as boss at London Road.
Gannon’s first job was at Irish club Dundalk were he stayed at for over a year guiding the club to a safe mid-table finish in the ‘League of Ireland Premier Division’, he resigned after a mass exodus of the Dundalk hierarchy that vice chairman Tom Baldwin and chief executive Sean Connolly leave the club.
James, or Jim as he is known, Gannon made his name as Stockport manager. He took over County when the club were 7 points away from safety and guided them away from the relegation zone on the last game of the 2005-2006 season. In the 2007-2008 season Gannon achieved promotion to League 1 through the play-offs with Stockport on a ‘shoe-string’ budget, with many of the stars coming up through ‘The Hatters’ youth system.
During his time at Stockport Gannon rejected an opportunity to manage Brighton, who were seeking a replacement for Micky Adams, Stockport had agreed a compensation package with the club in financial difficulty. At the end of the season though this financial difficulty meant that the club had to enter administration, a position they are still in now, and with this Gannon and his assistant, Peter Ward, were made redundant.
They were not out of a job for long however, Motherwell announced that the duo would take over as manager and assistant for the Scottish Premier Division outfit just two months after they had left Stockport. Gannon’s first game came in Europe, his first taste of any European competition. The competition ended in disappointment however as they were knocked out by well known Romanian club Steaua Bucharest. Gannon was sacked in December though, leaving the club in 6th position in the League. His time in Scotland was controversial, he regularly criticised the refereeing standards and had a rift with the head of referees, Hugh Dallas. Motherwell chairman stated Gannon “wasn’t fully committed” to the job in Scotland after he delayed talks over a new contract.
Gannon holds a full UEFA Pro License, one of the very few lower league managers to do so and is generally regarded as one of the ‘hottest young properties’ in management. Current Posh player Tommy Rowe recently stated that “Gannon was the reason he is the player he is today” further evidence of the Englishman’s ability to nurture young talent.
The 41 year old has been put in charge of Peterborough until the end of the season when his position will be reviewed again, he also has promised to play football in a passing manner and has said he will “bring respect, credibility and pride” back to Posh, who have had a tough season so far sitting bottom of the Championship, 11 points from safety.