Ex-PNE boss Westley takes charge at Posh

Graham Westley during his time as PNE manager
Graham Westley during his time as PNE manager
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Former Preston North End boss Graham Westley has been appointed Peterborough United manager.

Westley was in charge for 13 months at Deepdale, his spell a controversial and ultimately an unsuccessful one.

The 47-year-old managed Stevenage after being sacked by North End but left there at the end of his contract in May.

At the press conference on Monday afternoon to announce his appointment, Westley said he was ‘thrilled’ to be back in management at League One side Posh.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be given this great opportunity, this is a fantastic football club with a fantastic squad of players.

“There are not many League One clubs who have spent £4m on their squad.”

Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony, who is away in America at the moment, said in a statement read to the press conference that Westley’s time at Preston was not one which should be counted against him in his eyes.

MacAnthony said: “I’ve spent the last 10 days getting to know Graham inside out and not only did we have a phenomenal one on one interview here in Florida, but we have spoken every day since Graham returned to the UK as I took my time making the final decision.

“Before we ever spoke or met, I read all the various things written about Graham’s time at Preston, his apparent preference in style of football and his apparent obsession with fitness and physicality over style, flair and fast free flowing football.

“To judge somebody on the views of others is something I’m never prepared to do without meeting and judging for myself.

“I myself am often judged on some of the ludicrous nonsense written about me online or by people with agendas against me.

“Graham has a burning desire to win, succeed and add to his previous success which includes multiple promotions, league titles and multiple cup wins at Wembley not to mention a near 50% win record.

“Graham Westley has achieved his success at what are so called unfashionable clubs and the one blip on his CV doesn’t mean that he should be blackballed and blacklisted from working in football and at Peterborough United.

“Sure, he has made mistakes as we all have at some point in our lives, sure upon reflection he would do things differently, but remember, there are always two sides to every story.

“Truth be known, I’m not interested in living in the past or obsessing about what our new manager did well or didn’t do well or how his teams did or did not play football.

“The objectives I have given Graham are simple; get our club back to the Championship, get our young talented squad playing to the maximum of their abilities with consistency, make them flourish and improve, but most importantly lead Grant McCann, the coaches and our young squad one step further then the Championship and do the impossible.

“And finally let me state simply that I will never as chairman of this football club sit back and watch what could be described as hoof ball or direct and ugly uninspiring football.

“So understand that Graham Westley is clear on his objectives, what I want and the job that needs to be done at our club and quickly.”