‘U R Dropped ;)’ – Preston Boss Sends 2am Texts Telling Players They’ve Been Axed

Alan Duffy

24th, January 2012


By Alan Duffy

OMG… Da playrz h8 me… Im a total ****… FFS!!! :(

We’ve all done it, had a few too many down the pub only to drunkenly text someone, usually an ex or someone we fancy. However, I doubt many of us have sent a late night text informing professional footballers that they had been dropped for the following day’s game.

Well that’s exactly what new Preston North End manager Graham Westley did.  The former Stevenage boss only took over at the Lilywhites last week, but in texting players David Gray, Barry Nicholson, Adam Barton and Harry Bunn, at 2am to tell them they were dropped for the following day’s fixture, he has hardly ingratiated himself to his new playing staff.

The long and winding text ran to over 150 words and apparently included tactical analysis and motivational mumbo-jumbo.

The Daily Mail quotes a ‘source’, who 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 himself claims that the only reason the text was sent so late was that it had taken him until that time to add all the players’ numbers to his phone. So alcohol had nothing to do with it then?

Preston lost the game that Saturday 2-0 to Leyton Orient, by the way :(

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  1. Phil says:

    Text in full hilarity:

    A Manager’s first week at a club is difficult for everybody. There is loads of apprehension,uncertainty and change. I promised honesty and I will always do my best to give that. Certainly,i will open my door 4 a chat abt anything on yr mind or if i hve sumthing u need to know. I will be constructive with u all; my job is to get u all playing to yr best level ever. This week,yr work has been on Team,Tactics,Technical,Personality,Character,Menta lity,Physicality. Hopefully,things that hve been done or said to u or others have helped u learn.Hopefully,u are starting to feel how i/we work.
    Today there are 2 debutants and 2 more lads who weren’t on field last saturday in the starting 11.
    My sides are renowned for being strong,organised,physical/athletic. Thezy always are. Also,although nobody ever talks about it,my sides play intelligent,purposeful football,working the ball,dominating possession and crushing opponents. We win games mentally,technically,tactically,physically and thru strength 2gether. My aim is my next medal. My aim is my next win. My commitment is every ounce of sweat,brain and blood.
    I am sure you are with me and I am truly looking forward to working with u all.
    Let’s get going. Sorry so late! Been tapping yr numbers into my phone!
    Team 2moz will be Stucks::McLean,Morgan,Carlisle,McAllister::Mayor,C outts,Andy Proctor,Parry::Jervis,Jamie Proctor.
    We will build on a solid defensive platform by working the ball fwd thru the thirds with purpose and positive intention. These went to carlisle and got hammered. Let’s introduce the new PNE in style. Clean sheet. And pain for their net. 1pm in the Players lounge ready for action.

  2. paulo says:

    simply amazing

  3. gamblino says:

    Never fails to amaze me how fucking thick these football people are.

  4. Das Was says:

    I luv u!

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