Graham Westley, the Preston North End manager, has accused some members of his squad of leaking tactical information to Sheffield Wednesday, before the Lancashire side lost 2-0 today, writes Bob Westerdale.
PNE were beaten by a Gary Madine’s brace and the side have now won just once in their last 11 matches; yet he was more enraged by the suggestion his own men had aided the Owls’ preparations.
“We are where we are because the club’s got a lot of losing ways installed in the playing squad and there’s no better example than when their bench said to me during the second half: ‘four Preston players told us your team yesterday,’” he said.
“When you’ve got that level of commitment to the cause it’s going to be difficult to win all your points. You’ve got to make sure you get the togetherness right. I’ve got to believe their dugout when it says it to me and I think from dugout to dugout I would very rarely believe that someone would lie to me on that sort of information.
“Four players of ours yesterday, at five o’clock, revealed our team to them as a football club. Does it surprise me? When you’ve got a number of agendas within a club - and I’ve said since I’ve been here that that’s the case within the playing squad here - this sort of thing happens and it’s not the first time that something’s happened that’s surprised me.
“It’s a difficult place at the moment, our club and our dressing room. But it’s only by working through issues and sorting issues out that you get yourself into a winning position.”