Sheringham at Stevenage on merit, not to put bums on seats says defender

Dean Wells

Dean Wells - Credit: Archant

INTERVIEW with Boro centre-back Dean Wells

Dean Wells says it would be wrong for people to think that Teddy Sheringham’s appointment at Stevenage is aimed at just getting more people through the door.

The centre-back told the Comet that although the former Manchester United and Spurs star may be able to attract ‘better names’ to the club, it would be wrong for people to think that the Boro has appointed Sheringham just for his ‘wow’ factor.

“Maybe the chairman has given him this chance because he came across well in the interview, not just to bring people in [to put bums on seats],” Wells said.

“The chairman is thinking that he’s a good coach. We as a team riding high will bring fans into the club; [the appointment] is not just about getting people through the door.”

However, the 30-year-old admitted there is plenty of excitement about the club following the appointment of Sheringham.

“I suppose me personally, it was a bit of a surprise [that Graham Westley left]. I know it’s a cliché, but football is a funny old game and you don’t know what is around the corner.

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“If the chairman wants to go in a different direction then it’s up to him, people are entitled to make their choices.

“We’re not going to be moping about. We want to carry on and do well for the new manager.

“There’s excitement. There’s a lot of lads in the squad who were young boys when he was playing and they’ve grown up watching the likes of Manchester United in the Champions League. United were the biggest club at the time [Sheringham was playing for them]. People are excited about him.”

Stevenage have let 14 players go this summer which left Wells as the last remaining centre-half signed to the club before the recent arrival of Mark Hughes.

Asked about what else is needed for the club to push on next season and improve on their play-off finish last time, Wells said: “We didn’t score as many as we did at the start of the season so we’ll need to add some more goals.

“It was a strong finish to the season.

“At the start of the season we conceded too many but we strengthened that up.”