Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony urges Posh patience

Darragh MacAnthony
MacAnthony bought the Posh in 2006

Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony believes patience will be the key to success for the side this season.

Having sold star striker Craig Mackail-Smith, Posh are many pundits' tip for an immediate return to League One.

MacAnthony told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: "I think the word for us this season will be patience. That's for all of us, including me.

"We need to be respectful of this league with the aim of consolidating and sustaining."

Posh have made five summer signings, including Manchester United striker Nicky Ajose, but cannot match the spending power of many of their Championship rivals.

During the 2009-10 season, Posh used four different managers as they were relegated back into League One less than a year after promotion.

However MacAnthony believes they have learnt from the mistakes of that campaign.

"I won't be making any rash predictions as I've done in the past. I'd just like us to be competitive in every one of the 46 matches," he said.

"Whether we start badly, poorly or great it doesn't matter, as I believe that as our young guys adapt to the league we will do well."

MacAnthony has also called on Peterborough fans to play their part by filling London Road every week.

"The 12th man is a real cliche, but if we can recreate the atmosphere we had in the play-off match against MK Dons then our home form will be good," he said.

"If our fans come out in force with a nine or ten thousand crowd every week then we have a great chance of upsetting the odds."