New Preston boss Graham Westley sparked headlines last week when he sent his squad lengthy messages at 2.15am on the day of a game.
During those texts, the former Stevenage man dropped four players from the starting XI and reiterated - at length - his beliefs about how football should be played. Now, according to press reports, he warned his team of a potential terrorist attack before this weekend's trip to Yeovil, which they lost 2-1.
The Sun reported that Westley sent his players the following message: “In view of the must win game tomorrow beware of the low flying aircrafts as we are in a very high hotel which will be a target for al quaeda leaders. If we come under attack we must stick together and keep evolving as a team and bring pain on them. Make sure u have right footwear on incase of such events,”
The paper has since removed the article, but several other news organisations worldwide picked up the story beforehand. The paper quotes an unnamed source as saying: “Nobody is quite sure what to make of it. They don’t know if it is meant as a joke or what. It is a very odd thing to say. They can’t work the gaffer out - they all think he’s lost the plot,”
There are a few in lower league football that believe Westley lost the plot some time ago!