Sheringham sets sights high Shropshire Star

Teddy Sheringham has set himself a big target for his maiden season as a manager as he aims to better the sixth-placed finish achieved by new club Stevenage during the 2014/15 campaign.

Sheringham has taken his first foray into management with Boro, leaving his role as attacking coach at West Ham to replace Graham Westley at the Sky Bet League Two club. Westley’s contract is due to expire on May 31. After reaching the play-offs, Stevenage last week lost their two-legged semi-final with Southend 4-2 on aggregate after extra-time.

Sheringham, 49, has his sights set on a promotion challenge again next season. ”To do better than last season has to be the aim,” said the Tottenham and Manchester United striker. ”I know that’s a big aim right at this minute.

That will be the aim for whatever football club you are working for. The aim is to do better than the season before and then that’s progress. “To say that I’m excited is an understatement.

I’m really looking forward to next season. “It’s a very big challenge. I am walking into the unknown.

The chairman knows that as well. I know he has taken a gamble on me, so I want to fulfil that optimism he has shown in me and I want to do well next season. “He’s telling me that I can be my own man and I am very pleased to hear that.

That he’s going to back me. He’s told me about the training ground, how impressive that is. I haven’t actually been there yet.

“He has told me what a lovely club it is. A lot of people have told me what a lovely club it is as well.” Reports have suggested that Sheringham may bring West Ham coach Ian Hendon to Stevenage as part of his backroom team, but the former England international would not be drawn on his plans for his coaching staff.

“It’s all got to be done quite quickly. I would like things to be sorted out very quickly with my backroom staff,” he said. “Then as well with the players, as quick as the players can come in, we will all get to know each other very quickly.

I don’t really want that to be going on late into pre-season. “They need to know how I feel, how I want us to perform as a team. To get to know my new players and the ones that are already here.

“It’s a big learning process so the quicker we can all come together on that front the better.”

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Sheringham sets sights high Shropshire Star

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