Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Westley Axes Four Players In Late Night Text


Preston players are fuming after four stars were axed in a rambling late night text sent by new boss Graham Westley.

North End's chief sent the team for Saturday's 2-0 home defeat by Leyton Orient in a group text to his players at 2am.


He started it by apologising for delivering the news so late, claiming it had taken him a long time to add all the players numbers to his phone's address book.


And after reading on, experienced stars David Gray and Barry Nicholson as well as kids Adam Barton and Harry Bunn discovered they had all been dropped despite featuring in a 3-2 victory over Wycombe a week earlier.


A source close to the players said: ``It is unbelievable that the manager thought it was a good idea to deliver bad news like this in a text that arrived in the middle of the night.


``The fact it was just one of several texts made it even worse. You would have thought the manager would have wanted his players to get a good night's sleep in before a game.''


Westley's texts for his first game in charge also detailed the tactics for the Orient match and added some motivational talk.


One of the messages was over 150 words long and another offered up the info his door is always open for a chat. 


Several players may be taking him up on that offer this week.

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