Former fans’ favourite Charlie Lee reckons Peterborough United have made a wise managerial appointment in Graham Westley.
Lee played for Westley at Stevenage last season and described it as ‘his best experience since leaving Posh.’
Stevenage were eventually beaten in the League Two play-off semi-finals. Westley left a club he had previously steered to back-to-back promotions to League One after the May defeat against Southend United.
Posh yesterday (September 21) confirmed the Peterborough Telegraph’s weekend revelation that Westley would succeed Dave Robertson as their manager.
Lee said: “It’s a good appointment. Graham did a great job at Stevenage last season. Considering the amount of injuries he had to put up with, he did great just to get us into the play-offs.
“I enjoyed playing for him. It was the best season I’ve had since I left Posh. He played me as an attacking midfielder and as a striker and I found playing for him a great experience.
“He has his own way of doing things, but the bottom line is he gets results. He will get Posh organised and he is an expert at getting the most from a team.
“He communicates regularly with the players. He was forever asking us what we thought about certain plans and I haven’t seen that with many other managers. It makes you feel an even bigger part of the team.
“He has great attention to detail as well, I reckon he will do well for Posh. I hope so anyway. Take away the Preston part of his career and he’d had success wherever he’s been.”
Lee is now playing under Teddy Sheringham at Stevenage and loving every minute of it.
“Teddy is great,” Lee added. “He has been unlucky with injuries as well, but he reminds me so much of Darren Ferguson which can’t be a bad thing.”
Former Posh winger George Boyd has added his support to Westley’s appointment. Boyd played for Westley at Stevenage before moving to Posh for a then non-league record fee of £265,000 in January, 2007.
Boyd sent a message to Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony. He said: “Great appointment Darragh. He will get that team going!”