Peterborough United appoint Graham Westley as new manager

first_img1 Peterborough United have announced the appointment of Graham Westley as their new manager.The former Stevenage boss joins the League One outfit after a long recruitment process from the club, who had been without a permanent boss since the sacking of Dave Robertson in early September.Westley, 47, has also been without a job since his departure from the Boro hotseat in May after losing the League Two play-off semi-final.Upon his appointment on Monday, Westley said: “I’m thrilled. This is a great opportunity, it’s a great football club.“There’s not too many other clubs in League One spending around £4m putting a squad together. £1.5m came off the bench on Saturday, so there’s real strength and depth, and the opportunity to work with a talented squad at a place that knows how to win is fantastic for me.”Westley becomes Peterborough’s sixth permanent manager in just over five-and-a-half years and said he will retain caretaker-boss Grant McCann on his coaching staff. The length of his contract was not disclosed.He replaces Robertson, who was dismissed after a run of three wins from 17 games in all competitions.Since his sacking, Posh beat Oldham 5-1 and drew with the high-flying Saddlers under caretaker McCann, who Westley said “would play a big part” at the club under his management.Westley flew out to the United States to meet Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony, who said in a statement he did not judge him on an “his apparent obsession with fitness and physicality over style, flair and fast free-flowing football” from his time at Preston.“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,” MacAnthony added in a statement on the club’s official website.“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.” New Peterborough United boss Graham Westley last_img read more