GRAHAM Westley has turned his back on a promotion campaign with Farnborough and opted for a relegation dogfight with Stevenage instead.

Westley's new side are currently second from bottom in the Conference table, six points off safety and a possible return to Ryman League football.

It's clear that footballing reasons were not behind Westley's departure, so what did make him dump his FA Cup heroes and revert his attentions to a struggling Conference side?

Westley visited the Broadhall Stadium earlier in the season after Farnborough had received planning permission from Rushmoor Borough Council to upgrade their Cherrywood Road ground.

The boss was impressed with the lay-out and structure of the stadium and after a couple of meetings with chairman Phil Wallace, Westley had hired the architects of the stadium to come and design a new facility a Farnborough based largely on the Stevenage construction.

Work was supposed to start in November to be finished next month, in time for what would have been the Football Association deadline on April 1 before FA chiefs agreed clubs who won promotion to the Football League should be granted a one-year extension.

Work on Cherrywood Road never materialised.

Westley has always stated his intention to concentrate solely on football management duties as he seeks to rise up the managerial ladder, but it's hard to believe that his financial clout and business accruement won't be used by Stevenage at one point or another.

Speaking on the appointment, Mr Wallace said: "We have a serious battle on our hands and we need a strong-willed, no-nonsense manager who relishes a challenge, can win that battle and then turn us into championship challengers next season. I have always been impressed with Graham's leadership, directness and fierce ambition and have kept an eye on his progress for some while.

"Graham made a statement some two or three weeks ago that he was leaving at the end of the season which really got out attention and concentrate our efforts on bringing Graham here.

"Graham never applied for the job, I approached him. We've had conversations ad hoc for some time."