Graham Westley: End Of The Road?

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The little whisperers that can often be heard in footballing circles have, it seems, turned their attention to our humble abode. If Sky Sports sources are to be believed, Stevenage Football Club has been given permission to talk to an employee of West Ham United Football Club.

Lord Eddard of House Sheringham (for it is he) is being lined up for a management vacancy that, officially, doesn’t exist at Boro’ just yet. From what we know, there are few certainties at play here – but it looks increasingly likely that we’re witnessing the drawn out end of an era.

Apart from what our current Warden of the North Herts, Lord Graham of House Westley has said in recent days on the wireless and in the paper, there has been a loud, disconcerting silence over what lies ahead with regards to who will be leading the team.

In these modern footballing times, few things remain secret for too long. Questions get asked and sources get quoted; tweets get tweeted and then deleted… you know the score. After all, remember how Martin Jol’s sacking as Spurs manager emerged during a UEFA Cup match? The flow of information can’t always be kept under control.

At the moment, all we have to go on is conjecture and rumour – we don’t know exactly what’s going on behind the shuttered blinds and closed doors. And there’s rarely smoke without fire; although thunder doesn’t only happen when it rains, if you’re listening over there The Corrs?

You could’ve probably made a convincing case for changing the management after dropping out of League One (or before, when relegation was looking more and more likely). It is tough, however, to make that case two weeks after taking a valiant punt at the League Two playoffs.

The foundations are in place for a serious crack at automatic promotion next term, but that’s a project that’s only half-complete. We can only imagine how risky it’d be to replace the lead architect on a skyscraper project when you’ve only got halfway up towards the clouds.

With risks, however, can follow rewards. If we’re going through with this, it could prove to be a masterstroke as much as it could prove to be a disasterstroke. You can only truly judge the success or failure of a manager using hindsight. GW, as it goes, has been a huge success.

If GW does depart, the club won’t suddenly collapse and the fans won’t stop coming. But the very fact we’re still saying “if” when we perhaps already reckon it’s a case of “when” makes it an uncomfortable for pretty much everyone involved. Whatever happens, thank you Graham.

Should he stay or should he go? Darlin’, you’ve got to let us know…

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