New Preston boss Graham Westley hasn’t exactly endeared himself to some of his charges after sending a 2am text message that informed four players that they were being dropped.
Westley sent the group text in the early hours of Saturday morning ahead of his side’s 2-0 defeat to Leyton Orient. The rambling message announced the team for the match, including the news that David Gray, Barry Nicholson, Adam Barton and Harry Bunn had all been dropped despite featuring in the previous week’s win over Wycombe.
A ‘source close to the players’ told the Daily Mail: “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.”
The messages – which ran to more than 150 words and included tactical and motivational guidance – started with an apology for the text being sent so late. Westley said it had taken him until 2am to add all the numbers to his phone.