Graham Westley Discovers That Attitude May Be Just As Important As Ability


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. Martin says:

    A slightly picky point: You say “only three wins since Westley took over manager of the club” – technically true, but for the first of those, Westley was not in the dressing room – he took over the previous day and sat in the stand the whole game, leaving the caretakers in charge. So he can’t claim the credit for that one.

    He is someone who has attracted plenty of controversy since his non-league days for upsetting fans and players. I’m not surprised that having gone into a ‘big’ club like Preston with ‘big’ players that he’s been found out – his style might work for your non-league brickie type, but is likely to be abrasive for a seasoned professional.

  2. Gamekeeper says:

    Frightening parallels can be drawn between now and the arrival at Preston of John Beck in the early 90’s. He too had a terrific CV having taken Cambridge from the bottom division to the play-offs for the Premiership. He too had a very unorthodox style of play, was deeply unpopular within the game and used some fairly unsubtle tactics to aggravate the opposition and gain a psychological advantage. The result was he split the fanbase – and the boardroom – took the club down to the basement division in his first season and was subsequently potted after failing to get them back up. Fans who are old enough to remember this are understandably concerned by what they see as an alarming case of deja vu.

  3. Gamekeeper says:

    Why was my comment deemed unsuitable for publication? I would like an explanation, please.

  4. Gamekeeper says:

    Apologies, it has suddenly re-appeared.

  5. Josh Tarrant says:

    Good ol’ Risdale. Ruining another perfectly capable football club.

    The man just needs to step away.

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