Preview: Sarll’s Stevenage set for Westley’s Newport County visit

Darren Sarll

Darren Sarll - Credit: Archant

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll feels ex-Boro manager Graham Westley should be given a warm welcome at the Lamex Stadium when he visits with Newport County on Saturday, but the niceties will end at kick-off.

Westley had three spells in charge at Stevenage during which he won the FA Trophy at Wembley, guided the club to the Football League and secured promotion to League One.

Sarll, who saw his Boro side win 2-0 at County’s Rodney Parade a month ago, said: “Graham Westley and Dino Maamria should always be welcome back to Stevenage FC in a loud and appreciative fashion for what they did in the stints they had at the football club.

“First of all people should show appreciation and give credit where credit is due, that’s really important, it’s important that the football club I want this to be would respect that and admire those two for their contribution and show it.”

However, both clubs are desperate for three points with County bottom of League Two and Stevenage without a victory in three games.

“Then we have to go and win a game of football,” added Sarll.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s Graham Westley or Terry Venables, whoever it maybe we have to win a game of football.

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“We have got to make sure our focus is on winning that football match and not the hurrah around a returning manager.”

Following Stevenage’s win in Wales at the start of December, Westley said his side would take motivation for this clash from the way Boro had celebrated that victory.

In response, Sarll added: “When I win games of football, maybe because I’m a young manager and have not had years of winning, but every time I win a game it does feel like I’ve won the FA Cup.

“Hard luck if anyone thinks about it any other way.

“When I win football matches, it’s my whole world, my whole universe, my whole life, it’s the difference of walking back through my front door and seeing my family with a smile or a frown.

“We’ll be focused [for Saturday], we’ll be ready, we’d have prepared properly, it’s been a demanding period, the boys have recovered well and we’ll attack it again.”

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