Wallace hints at extending Westley's stay

Boro chairman Phil Wallace believes his faith in Graham Westley has been repaid on the back of the club s record breaking 21-match unbeaten run. Wallace came under fire from some fans at the start of the season for re-appointing Westley in the summer but

Boro chairman Phil Wallace believes his faith in Graham Westley has been repaid on the back of the club's record breaking 21-match unbeaten run.

Wallace came under fire from some fans at the start of the season for re-appointing Westley in the summer but the Boro supremo is delighted with the job the 40-year-old has done this season.

"I took a lot of stick for bringing Graham back but I had a lot of faith in him," he told The Comet. "I knew what I saw - he is a very talented young man and I think the faith that I showed has been repaid."

With an FA Trophy final to look forward to at Wembley and the club firmly in the play-off mix, Wallace hinted the club is prepared to extend Westley's contract at The Lamex Stadium beyond the summer.

"I like working with Graham and we will cross all those bridges later," said Wallace after the 1-0 win over Ebbsfleet United. "Graham likes the football club, I like working with Graham - it's a good partnership and we've achieved a lot together.

"Why would you want to break that up? The guy is doing a fantastic job - why would you not want him to carry on doing that?"

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Boro's run to the Trophy final has eased some of the club's financial difficulties but Wallace is simply pleased to see the club making progress on and off the field under Westley's stewardship.

"You don't really think about the money," he added. "Everyone knows that the difference between winning and losing is quite a lot of money.

"I just think that we're making progress. We've been to Wembley before and won it but that's 21 games unbeaten, which is unbelievable. The club looks much more solid than I've ever seen it."

Wallace added that moments like Peter Vincenti's winner on Saturday reminded him just why he loves being involved with Boro.

"You can't buy that feeling when that goal went in," he said. "That's why we're all into football.

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