Westley 'felt hamstrung' at PNE

Former Preston manager Graham Westley believes financial constraints prevented him from achieving success at Deepdale.

Last Updated: 18/03/13 at 14:42

Graham Westley: Preston's target was unrealistic

Graham Westley: Preston's target was unrealistic

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Westley was relieved of his duties at the Lancashire club in February after picking up just one league victory in 11 games.

The former Stevenage boss spent 13 months with the League One club and felt his dismissal was harsh, bearing in mind the financial situation.

He told the Daily Mail: "Preston never got to see Graham Westley at his best.

"I can remember saying 'Graham Westley at Stevenage would do this or that' on several occasions, as I fought for some empowerment.

"It makes me giggle to think that there is a perception that things 'went wrong'.

"The expectation of promotion that the club set for this season was unrealistic in my eyes, bearing in mind the size of the change, the wage reduction and our budgetary position.

"I felt hamstrung. I knew the answers to problems but I wasn't being allowed to solve all the problems."

Westley continued: "Short-term pain is necessary sometimes. It was necessary at Preston.

"I stopped a sinking ship from sinking further but I didn't get to drive it hard on the right course."

He added: "I am good at looking in the mirror, admitting errors and getting better. I feel better than ever right now."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

M

aybe Hull charged the Liverpool fans more because their massive sense of entitlement takes up more room? Badum tish.

sailingmagpie
Everton team subsidise awayday

T

he John Carver Experiment sounds like the worst jazz fusion band of all time. Which is saying something.

sailingmagpie
The John Carver Experiment: The Next Episode

T

ime to play Liverpool players in their natural positions? I agree, but surely the subs' bench isn't big enough for all of them?

balls-to-monty
The John Carver Experiment: The Next Episode

Footer 365

Serie A round-up: Roma up to second, Milan receive fastest red card

Roma moved up to second in the table after Lazio were held by Atalanta, while AC Milan played 89 minutes with 10 men.

Ligue 1 round-up: Monaco hammer Toulouse, PSG go top, Lens relegated

Monaco hammered Toulouse to stay third, while PSG regained top spot and Lens' relegation was confirmed.

La Liga round-up: Valencia tighten grip on fourth, Malaga's poor run continues

Valencia eased their way to a 3-1 win at home to Eibar to tighten their grip on the fourth Champions League spot.

Mail Box

Shouldn't We Give Players Time?

Do we really want to throw out the baby with the bathwater every single summer? We also have a Man United fan who wants massive investment. And more...

Liverpool: No Greater Than Aston Villa

It's fair to say that Raúl H. Garcia from the morning mailbox has got something of a kicking on Thursday afternoon. Oh and the Neviller is wrong for once...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company