Westley set for contract talks
Boro boss Graham Westley is set to hold the first of a series of meetings today with chairman Phil Wallace to come up with a blueprint for success next season. The club hierarchy have wasted little time in turning their attention to the next campaign aft
Boro boss Graham Westley is set to hold the first of a series of meetings today with chairman Phil Wallace to come up with a blueprint for success next season.
The club hierarchy have wasted little time in turning their attention to the next campaign after Saturday's FA Trophy success against York on Saturday and the duo will discuss a number of issues to be dealt with over the summer months to give Boro the best chance of promotion next year.
The first item up for discussion will be the future of Westley himself with the 41-year-old set to come to the end of the 12-month contract he signed at The Lamex Stadium last summer.
The involvement Westley had in the signing of Charlie Griffin over the weekend indicates the Boro boss looks set to remain at Stevenage although the same cannot be said of some of the squad's fringe players.
"The chairman will have a point of view and we will have the kind of discussion that a manager and a chairman have at this time of year when contracts are up," said Westley, who overcame a difficult start this season before masterminding an assault on the play-offs.
"We're going to have lunch on Monday and hopefully get something sorted out then."
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Westley was delighted his players have something to show for all their efforts over the past nine months after goals from Steve Morison and Lee Boylan brought the FA Trophy back to Stevenage.
York rarely troubled Boro and Westley has assembled a squad that will be among the favourites in the Blue Square Premier next season if he can keep the spine of the side together, Morison apart.
Boro fans will be hoping there will not be another summer of change that they, and Westley, had to endure 12 months ago.
"The beginning of the season was one of the most awful experiences of my life," said Westley. "I inherited a squad that I didn't know. You could see from a lot of the work that I did that I didn't think the squad was up to scratch.
"I had to change a lot around very quickly so we were in a real mess. But we've had to put some phenomenal work in - I've never had to work as hard as a manager as I did in the early part of this season.
"These lads have been awesome day in day out this season. I can't remember in the whole season a player turn up late for training.
"The discipline, commitment and work-rate - they have been an inspiration to work with - they really have.
"They deserve all the credit in the world for what they have done today.