Graham Westley, coach of English third division club Preston North End, informed eight players they were dropped from the first team by sending them a text message.
Westley, who took over in January, released 14 players at the end of last season and transfer-listed seven, noting: "I’ve had to tread carefully around some of the most mediocre standards I’ve ever seen in my life."
In his latest purge, he sent a text message that included: "Lads. U are one of 8 players that I expect to have left the club by the start of the season. ... You are free to meet prospective employers between now and then. ... Do not attend the club training ground please and do not go abroad. U may be required on the same day to attend a transfer meeting. ..."