Westley poised for Preston post

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Preston North End are close to naming Phil Brown's successor after Stevenage boss Graham Westley was pictured on Twitter arriving at the clubs Deepdale home.

The ambitious Westley, who achieved back-to-back promotions with Stevenage in recent years, was the man identified by chairman Peter Ridsdale to turn around the fortunes of the underachieving Npower League One giants.

Currently lying in 14th place and some 6 points below Westley's employers Boro, Preston are also set to employ Westley's backroom staff of assistant John Dreyer and first-team coach Dino Maamria if a deal can be agreed.

The news would prove a crushing blow to all connected with Stevenage, who are still going well in 7th place in the third tier.

But it appears that Preston's stature and history may prove too appealing for Westley to turn down, who was approached initially by the Lancashire club last week.

Club chairman Peter Ridsdale said: "We can confirm that we have approached Stevenage FC for permission to talk to their football manager Graham Westley about our managerial vacancy."

Stevenage FC today confirmed on their website that the deal hinges on Westley agreeing to personal terms, thus resolving matters of compensation.

Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace said of the matter "It's uncomfortably late in the week for both clubs not to know where they stand, but there's nothing we can do until Graham decides where he wants to work".

if Westley departs he will be remembered fondly with a lasting legacy at the Lamex Stadium, becoming the first manager to achieve Football League status for the club back in 2010.

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