I’m em­bar­rassed, ad­mits West­ley

South Wales Echo - - SPORT -

NEW­PORT County boss Gra­ham West­ley has re­vealed he’s both em­bar­rassed and hu­mil­i­ated by the club’s dread­ful run of eight suc­ces­sive de­feats in League Two.

With more than 850 matches un­der his belt as a man­ager, West­ley has a win per­cent­age of 45.7 per cent.

But he has won just 20 per cent of his matches as Ex­iles boss so far and the cur­rent run is hurt­ing West­ley.

“It’s em­bar­rass­ing, hu­mil­i­at­ing,” he ad­mit­ted.

“Even though you can per­haps in your own mind jus­tify that you’ve in­her­ited one hell of a bad run – a team that was do­ing a lot of los­ing. You try to make a dif­fer­ence to it and when you don’t make a dif­fer­ence to it it’s painful. But I am quite philo­soph­i­cal. I did be­lieve when I walked in the door that there were miss­ing in­gre­di­ents.

“I’ve be­lieved since I’ve been here that there’s been miss­ing in­gre­di­ents.

“And we’ve gone into Jan­uary and hope­fully I’m show­ing that I mean it.”

West­ley has signed eight play­ers since Jan­uary 1, with seven head­ing out of the door, and there will be more com­ings and go­ings be­fore the win­dow shuts at the end of the month.

“We haven’t got what it takes to win games con­sis­tently at this foot­ball club, that’s ob­vi­ous,” he added.

“Any­one who’s watch­ing the team can see that so there’s no point me try­ing to pa­per over the cracks. They’re there and we’re do­ing some­thing about. We’re tak­ing ac­tion.

“It’s a fool who thinks if you keep do­ing the same things you’re go­ing to get dif­fer­ent re­sults – you don’t.

“What’s hap­pened at the club over the last few years proves that. It’s time for change, time for ac­tion and we’re tak­ing the ac­tion.

“We’ve got to mould to­gether a group that can win games.

“I’m bring­ing in lads who I think are bet­ter than the lads who are go­ing out, and I say that with re­spect to the lads that are go­ing out.

“We’ve got some ter­rific play­ers join­ing the club with good ex­pe­ri­ence – Cham­pi­onship pedi­gree. It’s about bring­ing those play­ers to­gether and get­ting them do­ing what the club wants, which is win­ning foot­ball games.”

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