Stevenage name Smith and Guppy as management team to replace Westley
Stevenage have named Gary Smith as their new manager to replace Graham Westley who left to take over Preston earlier this month.
The npower League One club, who strengthened their play-off position with a 4-2 win over MK Dons on Tuesday night under the guidance of caretaker boss Mark Roberts, turned to former Colorado Rapids coach Smith to fill the position full time.
Smith is one of a few English managers to have won a league title abroad after he guided the Rapids to the MLS Cup in 2010 with the lowest budget in the league along with his former team-mate and No 2 Steve Guppy who will join him at Broadhall Way.
No 1: Gary Smith made his name as a coach in America and now looking to make his way in League One with Stevenage
Familiar face: Steve Guppy, who played for Leicester and Celtic, will be Smith's No 2
Smith coached at Wimbledon, Wycombe and Watford before joining the staff at Arsenal. In 2008 the Gunners arranged for him to join the Rapids, who are owned by the Barclays Premier League club's major shareholder Stan Kroenke.
Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace said 'I understand this is a different approach but I believe it’s a fresh, exciting appointment in the Stevenage way.
'We want young management who are motivated to succeed. Gary is young but he has already won silverware at the highest level possible in the US and now wants the opportunity to make his mark on the English game.
'I’m sure the experience of winning a championship in the US has added to his all round skill set and will serve him well.
'He has the values we seek at Stevenage and we look to the future with excitement as we continue to build the Club off the pitch as well as on it.'