Stevenage chief executive sets out Championship ambition

Stevenage chief exec Barry Webber

Stevenage chief executive Barry Webber has said League One's bottom side have the means to be a Championship club.

Boro were a non-league outfit just four years ago, but have aspirations to reach the second tier.

They have benefitted financially from FA Cup runs and are set to face Everton in

"The infrastructure is being put in place to really kickstart this club up the league and to Championship status," Webber told BBC Look East.

"The financial injection that the FA Cup brings is essential. It's a great draw for us. It's a way that the football community can connect with Stevenage again.

"We can reinvest that money back into what we're doing - the centre of excellence and the training facilities are second to none and I've worked in the Premier League for a long time," added the former West Ham and Newcastle commercial director, who began his role with Boro last week.

Stevenage caused a shock against Premier League Newcastle United in the third round three years ago and 12 months later reached round five before being beaten by Tottenham in a replay, a run that paid for the construction of a new training facility.

Boro hope that next week's visit of Roberto Martinez's Everton to Broadhall Way will be televised, bringing in extra funds.

But Graham Westley's side, who finished 18th last term, 12 months after reaching the play-offs in their maiden League One season, must also concentrate on their fight against relegation.

"The club has come from the Conference through rapid expansion to League One," said Webber.

"Only recently we played Wolves and probably one of their players gets paid more in a week than our whole team. That's what we're competing against and we did a great job last season."

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