North End quality pleases Westley

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Graham Westley

Graham Westley is happy with the quality of the squad he has inherited as Preston manager.

The 43-year-old has been getting to know his new charges on the training ground this week after agreeing to move from Stevenage and succeed Phil Brown in the Deepdale hotseat.

"There's some outstanding footballers at this club, no question about it, and I'm really excited to get working with them," he said.

"There's lads like Neil Mellor, you look at what he's done in the game. I was managing at Farnborough in the Ryman League and vying to win a championship there while Neil was in and around the Champions League victory (at Liverpool in 2005).

"So there's different ends of the scale, but right now we're all in the same dressing room and it's about us all bringing our qualities together and about this football club benefiting from those qualities."

And Westley added that he is determined to get the better of any teething problems in order to make his time with Preston a success.

"Problems are there for the losers in life and problems become opportunities if you're a winner in life," he said.

"I like to think of myself as that, I'll leave it for others to call me it, but certainly I try my best to overcome any obstacle in my way."

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