KEITH Curle insists there will not be any knee-jerk reactions over the future of Latics' players.

The 57-year-old remains in talks with the club's hierarchy about his own position, but has also been giving guidance about which players should and should not stay for next season.

Curle was disappointed and frustrated at the way the campaign petered out.

Having made themselves mathematically safe with a comfortable 3-0 win at Harrogate last month, they went on to lose their last three games.

However, Curle says judgements will not just be based on those final fixtures but that players' contributions over a longer period - both in games and in training - would be considered.

Eleven players are under contract for the 2021/22 campaign but what happens to the rest has not yet been made clear, with a retained list expected next week.

Conor McAleny has come to the end of his current terms and, although he has been offered a new deal he is expected to move on having attracted attention after ending the season as the club's top scorer with 21. Seventeen of them came in League Two, making him the division's fifth highest scorer, and he has been linked with both League One Ipswich Town and newly relegated Bristol Rovers, among others.

"There won't be a knee jerk reaction from the football club, everything will be calculated and every decision that they make will be fully thought through," said Curle with regard to players' futures, having previously revealed there are no guarantees even for those who are contracted next season.

“It’s not a decision that’s made on the last day of the season. Ever since I came in and started working here I’ve been assessing individuals, not only on performances but how they are in and around the environment that we’re trying to create, and that’s on a daily basis.

“The first day I came in I said I’m quite a relaxed character, I try to create an environment that is relaxed, but there’s a very thin line between relaxed and sloppy, and the one thing I’m not is sloppy, but we’ve got players in that changing room that have smudged the lines consistently."

And as a result, Curle says the club is set for a busy summer in building a squad that is capable of challenging next term.

"The direction of the football club needs to be set out and that starts with recruitment," he said.

"Every summer is tough. There's a lot of talking and communication and conversations that need to go on before the summer starts."