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Jim Gannon named Peterborough manager

Jim Gannon
Gannon was dismissed by Motherwell in December

Championship bottom club Peterborough United have appointed Jim Gannon as their new manager following the sacking of Mark Cooper.

The 41-year-old Gannon, who was sacked by Motherwell in December, made his name at Stockport County, who he led to promotion to League One in 2008.

Cooper was fired on Monday after only one win in 13 games since taking over from Darren Ferguson on 14 November.

"It's a fantastic opportunity and I'm excited," Gannon told the Posh website.

"At Stockport when I went there we were seven points adrift and we stayed up so it can be done," added Gannon, who will take charge for the first time for Saturday's home game with Queens Park Rangers.

Gannon's four-year term at Stockport came to an end in May 2009 after the club went into administration.


He began his playing career as a defender for Dundalk in Ireland, where he grew up, before going on to sign permanent deals with Sheffield United, Crewe and Stockport - where he made over 400 appearances in 10 years.

He ended his playing days at Shelbourne, where he took his first managerial appointment in June 2004.

In December the following year, he returned to Stockport, helping them avoid relegation.

"My philosophy is good passing football," said Gannon.

"It's how I believe the game should be played and it brings out the best in players. It inspires them and motivates them to play football in the right manner."

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see also
Peterborough sack manager Cooper
01 Feb 10 |  Peterborough
Boss Gannon sacked by Motherwell
28 Dec 09 |  Motherwell
Loose Gannon counts cost of sack
29 Dec 09 |  Motherwell
Crystal Palace 2-0 Peterborough
29 Jan 10 |  Championship

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