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Walsall Players to Learn Their Fate as Keates Plots Summer Overhaul

Walsall manager Dean Keates has spoken to the press following his side's final-day defeat to Fleetwood Town, which saw the Saddlers end the season just two places and two points above the relegation zone, and revealed that he will be meeting with the players on Tuesday as he looks to shape his squad ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
The gaffer, who wasted no time in ripping up the squad when he became Wrexham boss, is expecting a busy summer as he looks to guide his hometown club away from the bottom half and back towards Play-Off contention.

Dean, who was speaking via the Express & Star, insisted that he will build a squad which will represent the fans, he said; "I had a busy one last summer and I expect this to be exactly the same. We will come back and I will make sure there is a team that goes there out there and gives everything for the football club and fans next season.

"It will be a busy summer but that’s part and parcel of my job and that’s why I’m here. To give the town and the fans something to be proud of. I have got decisions to make and they are going to be tough decisions. There are a lot of players still under contract for next season – I would probably go as far as to say 75-80 per cent of the lads. But I have to make the decisions that are right to take the football club forward.

"The lads are back in on Tuesday. I will have individual meetings with the players and things will be announced from there. I’ve been monitoring everything since I’ve been here, watching, learning, understanding people’s characters and my decisions have been made."

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