Fergie tells several players they have no Deepdale future

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Darren Ferguson has begun his summer cull at Preston as he starts re-building the squad for next season.

A number of players have been told they aren’t in the manager’s plans after a disappointing season ended on a losing note yesterday - North End were beaten 4-1 by Reading.

Elliott Ward and Tom Williams won’t be offered deals, neither catching the eye during spells on loan from Coventry and Peterborough respectively.

It’s believed Neil Mellor, Richard Chaplow and Darren Carter have been told they can leave Deepdale.

Veliche Shumulikoski has been paid up, while Chris Sedgwick and Liam Chilvers are on their way when their contracts end in the summer.

Only Chilvers and Williams of that group were in the 18-man matchday squad at the Madejski Stadium.

Neill Collins, Stephen Elliott and Eddie Nolan, all currently out on loan, are also surplus to requirement.

Ferguson said: “The harsh reality is that after 46 games you finish where you should be, and the bottom line is we haven’t been good enough.

“They peaked at the same time last season when making the play-offs and it was always going to be difficult to do that this time.

“We need a real change here, a real freshness, that is what we’ll try to do in the summer.

“I’ll be aiming to get people out and people in.

“You can get an idea of who I’ve told can leave, because they weren’t at Reading.

“But there were one or two who were there too, it will all become a lot clearer in the next 24 to 48 hours.

“I’ve said all along there needs to be change.

“So far we’ve changed things bit by bit.

“But in the four months I’ve been in charge, we haven’t been good enough as a team.

“We won’t be in this position next season, we will have a better season, no doubt about it.”

Yesterday’s defeat wasn’t made any better by an injury suffered by Barry Nicholson on his first-team comeback from a broken leg.

It’s thought the midfielder re-opened the fracture after just 13 minutes of the clash.

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