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Graham Westley set for first game as Peterborough United manager

25 September 2015

Peterborough United boss Graham Westley will re-enter The Football League fray this weekend when he takes his new side to Bradford City in Sky Bet League 1.

Westley was unveiled at the Posh on Monday, and is the permanent replacement for Dave Robertson, who was dismissed three weeks ago.
Read more: Sky Bet League 1: Matchday 9 preview

The 47-year-old most recently led Stevenage – a club he managed on three occasions – to the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off semi-finals, where they lost 4-2 on aggregate to Southend United.

Raising the bar

Westley has spoken of his ambitious approach to life at Peterborough, which is similar to that of chairman Darragh MacAnthony, with both insisting that Sky Bet Championship football is the eventual aim for the club.

And the new manager personally got in touch with Posh fans this week, in an open letter promising an attacking, winning brand of football.

He also says the matchday squad will aim for more than 600 passes per game, and in excess of 25 attempts on goal.

Graham Westley has moved to reassure fans on Peterborough's mailing list following his appointment as manager:

— BBC Cambs Sport (@BBCCambsSport) September 22, 2015
Mixed starts

Westley is no stranger to being a new face amongst a squad, having taken the reigns at a number of clubs in his managerial career.

His first games in charge have brought a mixed set of results, though, ranging from opening-day wins, to hefty losses on the road.

Stevenage 1-1 Morecambe (2003)
Cambridge United 0-1 Rushden & Diamonds (2006)
Stalybridge Celtic 0-0 Kettering Town (2007)
Wrexham 5-0 Stevenage (2008)
Preston North End 0-2 Leyton Orient (2012)
Stevenage 1-0 Hartlepool United (2013)

You can follow Graham Westley's progress in his first game as Peterborough United manager, as well as all the other Sky Bet League 1 games this weekend, via our divisional Twitter feed, @SkyBetLeague1.

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