Who will be in charge of Boro next season?
THE future of Stevenage Boro boss Graham Westley is unclear this week after his side s failure to even reach the Conference play-offs. Westley s pre-season boast that Boro would win the league and gain entry to the Football League this season has proved w
THE future of Stevenage Boro boss Graham Westley is unclear this week after his side's failure to even reach the Conference play-offs.
Westley's pre-season boast that Boro would win the league and gain entry to the Football League this season has proved wide of the mark. In fact, they finished sixth and five points behind the final play-off club Morecambe in fifth position.
Westley is meeting chairman Phil Wallace, who has been away in Milan since the weekend, today (Thursday). A board meeting is also due to be taking place on Monday.
Westley was discussing the future of certain players yesterday, although half a dozen have already been awarded contracts for next season before these latest discussions.
The six are goalkeeper Alan Julian, defenders Ronnie Henry and Luke Oliver, plus midfielders Adam Miller, Dannie Bulman and George Boyd.
Westley, speaking on the club's official website, said: "Whether I agree a new contract or not remains to be seen.
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"The chairman has asked me to talk to him on that matter but I wanted to get the season finished first."
And Westley admitted: "We fell short of the mark over 42 games by five points. And that is quite a wide margin. The champions were well ahead of that.
"Two facts cannot be ignored. We were not good enough over 42 games and we finished higher than some very big clubs.
"I made some mistakes this year and we certainly paid a price for being in the play-off final last year.
"This year's losers will discover the problem. Although our crowds and budgets are smaller than the big lads, I feel that Stevenage Boro can build next year if the club is wise."
Boro's season ended in anti-climax on Saturday as they were beaten 2-0 by Forest Green Rovers. This result ensured the hosts escaped the drop.
The game also saw Boro pick up their 12th red card of the season, a Conference high.
They also picked up the highest number of yellow cards in the Conference (85) during the season.