Westley to leave Boro

PUBLISHED: 12:29 15 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:09 06 May 2010

Graham Westley

Graham Westley

Graham Westley will leave his role as Manager at Stevenage Borough when his contract expires at the end of June. Westley has led the club to successive top 6 finishes and to within 90 minutes of the Football League in the 2005 Play Off Final after joining

Graham Westley will leave his role as Manager at Stevenage Borough when his contract expires at the end of June. Westley has led the club to successive top 6 finishes and to within 90 minutes of the Football League in the 2005 Play Off Final after joining the club when they were desperately fighting relegation in January 2003.

Westley said: "The board and I have been in discussions for the past couple of weeks about all aspects of my role at the club. We both held opinions about the future and we have both eventually decided that it is the right time for us both to change direction. Above all else, because of the geography of the club and my expanding business interests, there is no way that I can give the club the time that it needs as it builds upon its Academy structure and fully integrates football at all levels. I have enjoyed my time at Stevenage where I have met some great people and enjoyed a healthy degree of success. I leave the club with a fantastic squad of young players and wish the club, board, players and supporters every success in the future".

Chairman Phil Wallace added "Graham has made a real difference to Stevenage Borough. He dragged us out of relegation danger, managed the transition to us becoming full time and almost lifted us into the Football League. We have a great respect for what he achieved here and the board thanks him for his outstanding work these last 3 years.

''We'll start listening from today and seeing people from Monday. I doubt there'll be a shortage of people applying for the position if last time is anything to go by, but we have to balance moving quickly with making the right appointment. There are a lot of very good people out there and we think that the opportunity of taking Stevenage Borough to a higher playing level will be attractive to many of them. After 6 years of hard work and planning, the infrastructure is firmly in place to play at a higher level and there's a huge fan base to tap into if we can deliver the goods on the pitch ''


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