It’s not exactly been a great few days for ex-Preston managers.
Last week, we saw Blackpool sack Simon Grayson after a torrid run of form. Now, the man Grayson replaced at Deepdale is out of a job too.
On Sunday, Stevenage confirmed the resignation of boss Graham Westley, with Alex Revell taking over from Westley until the end of the season.
Just as Grayson went back to Blackpool, Westley decided to make yet another return to Stevenage in December. This was his fourth spell in charge of the club, and the League Two side were desperate to recapture the great Westley days from 2008 up to his move to Preston in 2012.
With Stevenage rock bottom of League Two, Westley was called upon to save them – but with just two wins in 15 and 10 defeats in that run, Westley has now resigned from his role.
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Now eight points away from safety, Stevenage look doomed as things stand, and Westley seemingly believes he isn’t the man to guide the club to safety by May.
Preston fans will no doubt love poking a little bit of fun at the former North End boss, whose chaotic 13 months in charge of the club still live long in the memory, largely down to dour football, ‘medal winning’, leaked tactics, a slew of signing, late night texts about Al-Qaeda and sidelining big-name players.
One of those was Iain Hume, who had been a star in the Championship with North End before Westley decided he wasn’t going to fit into his regime. He was farmed off to Doncaster Rovers before briefly regaining a squad role under Simon Grayson, then joining Fleetwood Town on loan before a permanent move to Kerala Blasters.
Hume was effectively tagged as a ‘bad egg’ by Westley, so it’s no great shock that the Canadian took to Twitter on Sunday to poke some fun at the situation, sarcastically suggesting that Stevenage’s move to bring Westley back ‘went well’.
Sunderland defender Conor McLaughlin – another player Westley let go – chimed in, joking about the ‘bad egg’ situation, as it’s clear that Westley’s reign is still remembered in bad graces by those who were at the club.