“This season was not unsuccessful,” says Westley

Could Graham Westley be making a sensational return to Stevenage?

Could Graham Westley be making a sensational return to Stevenage? - Credit: Archant

GRAHAM Westley has refused to brand the season unsuccessful, despite Boro only reaching npower League One safety in the final weeks of the campaign.

Boro slipped to the lower echelons of the table this season having occupied the final play-off spot last year – they lost 1-0 to Sheffield United in the semi-final.

“Nothing is unsuccessful,” said Westley.

“I try to look at [the season] in a constructive way, a positive way and take something from everything – we’re looking forward to next season and I’m sure we will be strong.

“[The loss to Swindon] reinforced what we saw the week before – the squad is not good enough to take points from top six sides. There is a lot of change needed, such as personnel, ethos and work needed

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“We’ve been planning for next season since I’ve been here. Winning is about been strategic, thinking ahead. We’re developing our planning and making sure everything is in order for a positive bounce back.

No one at the club has enjoyed slipped to the lower reaches of League One – did the job of survival – then it focus on the future. The most important thing is we bounce back.

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“I’m confident we’ll respond next season.”

Westley can’t focus on the offseason just yet with MK Dons visit on Saturday. Despite nothing riding on the game, Boro’s boss said his side will be motivated to win three points.

“I’ve never managed a match and regard it as low key – it is the club’s name and reputation on the line and the lads’ name and reputation is too.

“I teat every game with respect and regard because the win record is affected. This game matters just as much as first game of next season.

“You’re only as good as your last game and the summer is a long time to dwell on a result so there is no more important time to do it right.

“There will be an opportunity to have a look at one or two players. You want players in the side who have a point to prove. That’s what Saturday is about.”

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