Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale set to rebuild squad

Paul Tisdale

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he is focusing on rebuilding his squad during the summer following their relegation from League One.

The club have a host of senior players out of contract and Tisdale has begun discussions with a number of his side about their futures.

"Whether we'd have stayed up or not we'd have had to build again," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

"We've been in that process for the last nine or 10 months."

"Regardless of league position we'll be doing that, it'll just be a different fixture list in League Two."

Captain David Noble and have already said they are unsure on their futures at the club, while young defender Scot Bennett and six youth team players have signed new deals.

Tisdale's side were hit hard by injuries to key players throughout the season, but ended their three-year stay in League One on a positive note with seven points from their final five games, including a draw against promotion-chasing Sheffield United.

And Tisdale says he will review the season to see what improvements he can make for their season in League Two.

"This year there are things I would have done differently perhaps, and like any business I'll look over those things in the summer.

"But I'm not at all ashamed of the fact that we've been relegated.

"In fact I'm very proud of the club and the way we've gone about it and our discipline and the way we've played our football."

But Tisdale admits he is upset that his side were not able to keep their League One status.

"Do I care that we've gone down? Absolutely, I'm really bothered and upset about it.

"But I'm also not ashamed or embarrassed about the fact that we are who we are - we're playing at League One level and on our day we can beat anybody."

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