Date: 2nd May 2014 at 12:57pm
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Manager Graham Westley has outlined the mentality he wants from the team he assembles over the summer as Stevenage bid to win promotion back to League One at the first time of asking, following our relegation this season.

Speaking to Comet24 as Stevenage look to close out the disappointing campaign this weekend, Westley admitted he already had a focus on next season and everything that needs to change at the club in order for us to move forward again.

‘We need to get back to winning ways. I want players here who can win games consistently, who have got that desire, professionalism, ambition, obsession with winning. I want to get people in who want to do the job right and be successful.’

Westley says that looking for the positives in relegation, one thing it does give you is when you know you are down and aren’t fighting until the last day, it does allow you to steal a march on other clubs in a similar situation, because you can start planning and putting feelers out for people earlier than you normally would.

‘I’m already planning and I’m not going to rest until I feel I’ve done the work to get us back to winning ways. I can’t stand being where we’ve been or doing what we’ve been doing, it grates my insides. I need to restore winning on a personal and club point of view.’

Ending the interview the manager talks about his optimism for the coming campaign now, because let’s face it, he hasn’t made much of a secret at not being happy with his overall dressing room make up and the attitude of some of the players he inherited.

‘The biggest difference between this summer and last summer is I can choose the players I want to work with. That’s it in a nutshell.’

In terms of the make up of the squad next season, 21 year old on loan Michael Doughty has said he wouldn’t rule out a return to Stevenage next season should his parent club Queens Park Rangers be willing to let him go again – and of course should the manager want him back and Jon Ashton has told The Advertiser that he wants to stay at the club and help put us back where he believes we belong.

‘I am hoping to stay but like anybody else my fate is not down to me. It’s down to the manager and the chairman at the end of the day. They know that, I want to be here next season to help the club get back into league 1.’