Peterborough United manager Graham Westley is targeting the League One title next term, after falling short of the play-offs this campaign.

The Posh are currently 12 points off the play-off places, in a season that chairman Darragh MacAnthony aimed for the club to return to the Championship.

However, the East Anglia outfit have now been out of the Championship for three seasons – after originally planning an immediate return to the second division – and will spend a fourth term in League One next campaign.

“We’re serious about having title ambitions next year,” Westley told BBC Radio Cambridgshire.

“People either contribute to winning or there is no place for them.”

The 48-year-old has already threatened to axe a number of underperforming players during the summer, with the club currently 14th in the league after Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at Fleetwood.

“I was fuming,” Westley said of Tuesday’s defeat. “I expected to beat them. I expected our lads to find the motivation and drive to win that game.

“The other night was the first time I really felt as though it was time for me to start making my mark.”

Posh had been very much in the promotion chase at the beginning of February, after their penalties exit to West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup, but their slide in form started with a 4-0 home defeat to Bradford.

And Westley is keen to start working on his plans for next season now, when he will have his first pre-season with the club, having taken over from Dave Robertson early in the season.

The 48-year-old is keen to use the negatives from his days managing Preston North End, to the benefit of Peterborough.

“If I go back to my Preston days, I made the mistake of walking in and putting my size nines all over the place before I understood the place.” Westley added.

“I’ve taken time to find my feet here. I’ve come in and I’ve had a long hard look at the way things work, rather than trying to impose myself too much too early.”

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