Teddy Sheringham: Stevenage set to appoint ex-England striker

Teddy Sheringham
Teddy Sheringham scored 11 times for England

Stevenage are set to appoint Teddy Sheringham to replace outgoing manager Graham Westley after confirming they are talking to the ex-England striker.

Westley's final game in charge was Boro's League Two play-off semi-final defeat by Southend and his contact at Broadhall Way ends on 31 May.

It is 49-year-old Sheringham's first managerial job, having been West Ham attacking coach for the last 12 months.

The former Tottenham and Manchester United forward won 51 England caps.

Sheringham, the oldest goalscorer and outfield player in Premier League history, had a 25-year playing career, which began at Millwall before spells at Nottingham Forest and Spurs.

He spent four years at Manchester United, scoring an injury-time equaliser in their Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich in 1999.

After returning to Tottenham, spells at Portsmouth, West Ham and Colchester followed before he retired aged 42 at the end of the 2007-08 season.

Sheringham will come in to replace Westley, whose third spell as Boro manager is set to come to an end.

Graham Westley
Westley won the League Two play-off final with Stevenage against Torquay in 2011

After spending three years in charge between 2003 and 2006, he returned to Boro in 2008 following a stint at Rushden & Diamonds, and led the club from the Conference into League One.

He left for a brief unsuccessful spell at Preston, and returned to Broadhall Way in March 2013, but could not prevent his side being relegated from the third tier last season.

Westley led Stevenage to the League Two play-offs this season, losing 4-2 on aggregate to Southend, and chairman Phil Wallace confirmed the 47-year-old would be leaving at the end of his contract.

"Despite the utmost respect and appreciation I have for everything he's done for Stevenage FC, sometimes you have to accept that a business needs to change to refresh itself and evolve," he told the club website.external-link

"Sometimes that means management, sometimes it means owners and sometimes it means both."

Meanwhile, Stevenage have released 13 players including skipper Jon Ashton, striker Chris Beardsley and Sam Beasant, the son of goalkeeping coach Dave.