Many were surprised by Stevenage’s 6th placed finish under Graham Westley last season in his second spell in charge. Former England and Manchester United striker Teddy Sherringham now takes with high expectations, and a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders without even kicking a ball.
So far signings have been steady, nothing spectacular but all capable of playing at League Two level. The most impressive name to walk up Broadhill Way is midfielder Steven Schumacher. The 31-year-old is renown for his pinpoint free kicks and blasting long shots. He won promotion with Fleetwood Town two years ago, but was released on the expiration of his contract with the Cod Army. Schumacher will have regain his goalscoring form if Borough are to replicate Fleetwood’s achievements.
Stevenage are thin in numerous areas across the field, and will have to fill positions before September the first, otherwise they could be in for a long season. They currently only have one senior goalkeeper, 40-year-old Chris Day. At Day’s age, injuries become more common and finding a keeper to deputise in these situations is imperative. Another problematic position is Sherringham striking options. The gaffer wasn’t bad in front of goal himself, and with only three forwards currently in the squad, Sherringham may have to lace his boots up once again. Brett Williams is a seasoned striker at Conference level, but hasn’t played in the forth tier since his loan stint with Northampton Town in 2012. After 15 goals last season he has that poaching nature although you do worry that his long Football League hiatus will have a knock on effect on his form.
Promotion to League One really would be the cherry on top for Dean Wells as he continues his fascinating career. Wells spent a year in prison before attempting to revitalize his career with several non league clubs. He said himself that he “threw it away” after his exit from Brentford in 2004. But under new boss Teddy Sherringham Wells will have a final opportunity to impress.
Sherringham has a tough act to follow in Graham Westley and with little managerial experience I cannot see the former England striker lasting long. The opening couple of weeks will tell you whether he has settled into life as a gaffer, if he hasn’t his contract could be cut short quickly. His recruitment has been poor although I would expect him to invest in a back up keeper and a new marksman before the window slams shut. Supporters have high expectation and I’m afraid I cannot see them being filled this term.