Stevenage manager Graham Westley has asked for patience from his fans as he prepares a new team.
The Hertfordshire club have had a busy transfer window and have signed 12 new players as well as giving contracts to three youth players, to replace the 22 players that they sold, including Luke Freeman, Lucas Akins and James Dunne
“Bringing any new group together takes a bit of time. People need to familiarise themselves with the way things are done around here,” he said, speaking to The Advertiser ahead of their pre-season friendly against Millwall.
“When you bring a lot of new people together, I think to put them under too much pressure is naive. I think you have got to allow them to forge together as a team and find their feet,” he explained.
Stevenage kick off their season at home against Hartlepool on August 9th and Westley is confident they can begin the season with a win.
“I have said it before and I do mean it, it doesn’t matter to me who we are playing and where we are playing on the opening day, I feel we can win the game.”
“I’m sure going into next season that is my genuine belief. Anyone who knows me would know that I was approaching last season with trepidation. In my heart of hearts I knew what was going in the shirts and there wasn’t enough desire, togetherness, spirit, understanding and learning of what it takes to win.”