Westley targets bringing the good times back to Stevenage

Phil Wallace and Graham Westley

Phil Wallace and Graham Westley - Credit: Archant

GRAHAM Westley has returned to Boro for a third spell in charge and promised that medals and success are top of the agenda.

Westley, who left the club for Preston North End just over a year ago was unveiled as the new boss today (Saturday) and promised to pick up where he left off, starting with the visit of Hartlepool to the Lamex Stadium on Monday.

“My job now is to go from 15th upwards, playing in a systematic and intelligent way.

“I have built a lifelong bond with this football club and have won medals and enjoyed success here.

“I am delighted to come back and play a part in that again.”


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Reflecting on the departure of Gary Smith, Westley said: “Gary had a difficult job taking over from someone who had been so successful. I know I am blowing my own trumpet when I say that but he had to put his own mark on the side and I thought they did well to get to the playoffs.”

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Having paid a visit to meet the squad at the new training centre on Saturday morning, Westley said: “I have already met with the lads and have told them I don’t know yet how we will work together but our only agenda is to put medals and achievements on the table.

“It is important to be open minded about who we have here and to give everyone a chance to develop.”

Reflecting on his third return to Boro, Westley said: “It has been a busy seven days. The recruitment process has taken its place and the chairman has made me work hard to persuade him that I am the man for the job.

“I have a good relationship with Phil, it is built on professionalism and respect and I am looking forward to working with him again.”

Club chairman Phil Wallace was delighted at the return of Westley saying: “He is clearly my preferred choice and I am pleased to welcome Graham back to this club.

“If this club is to kick on in League One and we are to build our infrastructure then we need success and good player development and that is what I am hoping for with this appointment.”

Club captain Mark Roberts welcomed back his former boss saying: “Graham has changed me as a person. People in football do have preconceptions about him but he has met the players and has told them that he will get the best out of them if they help him to develop as a manager.

“When you have a squad of 20 or so players who only want to go higher then that is a very powerful message and it brings everyone together.”

A further announcement about the full management team is expected to be made shortly.

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