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Stanley release 11 in clear-out

John Coleman
Coleman's side lost 27 games in League Two last season (Getty)

Accrington Stanley have released 11 first-team players in an attempt to make wholesale changes for next season.

Manager John Coleman made the decision after his team finished the season 17th in League Two.

Leaving Stanley are goalkeeper Martin Fearon and defenders Graham Branch, Mark King, Mark Roberts and Shaun Webb.

Midfielders Jay Harris, David Mannix and Shaun Whalley also depart, as do strikers David Brown, Lee McEvilly and Leighton McGivern.

Also leaving the Fraser Eagle Stadium for the second time in 12 months is midfielder Andrew Todd following the end of his loan spell from Rotherham United.

Coleman told BBC Radio Lancashire: "It's part of football. We need to improve and need the facility to bring in new players, and in order to do that you have to let people go.

"A couple of them were difficult and borderline decisions, but we had to think about the whole package and what type of football we might have to play next season."

see also
Accrington defeat under scrutiny
05 May 08 |  Accrington
Stanley sign utility man Branch
11 Jul 07 |  Accrington
Stanley poised to seal Brown deal
15 Mar 05 |  Accrington
Harris signs new Stanley contract
22 May 07 |  Accrington
Accrington sign Blackburn's King
11 Jan 08 |  Accrington
Accrington sign Mannix and Thomas
31 Jan 08 |  Accrington
Accrington eye McEvilly
19 Jan 04 |  Accrington
Stanley snap up ex-Dale striker
09 Nov 06 |  Accrington
Accrington snap up Vics defender
03 Jul 07 |  Accrington

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