Stevenage have named Alex Revell as their permanent manager following a stint in interim charge.

Revell was in the dugout for the final games of the season after Steve Evans’ departure to take charge at former club Rotherham.

Stevenage were around the play-off places for spells of the campaign but ended up finishing in ninth place.

Revell, who made 57 appearances for the club during his playing career, will be assisted in the dugout by Neil Banfield and Scott Cuthbert.

Chairman Phil Wallace says the club turned down candidates with more experience because they felt it was important to maintain their “identity” and togetherness in the camp.

He told the club website: “We have taken our time to consider various candidates, but we believe the dynamics of our squad dictated that Alex was the natural successor to Steve.

“Alex knows the players, he has been part of the original recruitment metric and, importantly, he is held in high esteem by the dressing room.”

Wallace added: “We had options of managers with more experience, but there is never a guarantee the dressing room will buy into someone new and our dressing room this year is special.

“We have a group of hard working, great characters and we wanted to retain the identity we have created.

“These players have a respect and trust in Alex that we have built upon by adding proven coaching ability and experience in Neil.

“There are never any guarantees in football, but we believe this is the right management team to establish us as a League One club that can push the big boys all the way”.

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