Graham Westley is to take charge of Stevenage for third time in his career

Graham Westley: Will take charge at Stevenage once again.

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Stevenage have announced the re-appointment of Graham Westley as manager and the 45-year-old will take charge at Broadhall Way for the third time in his career.

Westley led the League One side to back-to-back promotions in his last spell with Boro and now returns to succeed Gary Smith, who was dismissed earlier this month after a poor run of form.

Westley previously managed Stevenage between 2003-6 and 2008-12, leaving in January last year to take over at Preston.

However, that move proved unsuccessful and he was fired last month after Preston had slipped to within five points of the relegation zone.

Smith was ousted at Stevenage after a run of 14 losses in 18 games and Boro host Hartlepool on Monday looking for a first win in four, although they are a comfortable 10 points clear of the drop zone and lie 15th in the standings.

Best man for the job

Chairman Phil Wallace said: "Graham was keen to come back to Stevenage and, although I met some strong candidates, without doubt I think he's the best man for the job right now.

"The club enjoyed a great deal of success before he left last year and we moved forwards significantly in his time here on several levels.

"Since he left we've continued that progress in people and infrastructure off the pitch. So we spent a lot of time this past week talking about things we feel we could do better this time round and we've put many of those into our contractual arrangement.

"I'm looking forward to some exciting times again! This is the first time our season has ended in April for four years and that's a measure of how far we've come and what we're about."