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  1. DJ, our POTY, is signing for Rangers this week. Bournemouth have bid for Ben Davies. Both have less than a year left along with Alan Browne and Ben Pearson, our 4 best players. Money brought in via sales doesn't affect the playing budget so I doubt we can afford someone like Palmer. Zero signings made so far. Manager desperate to sign strikers. Only striker we've signed is Nugent who we didn't want. Worst set of STs in the league last season yet we haven't signed one. Our first choice keeper is injured as well and the back up is awful. It's looking like a complete an utter mess.
  2. He started well, we were top of the league at one point, but spectactularly fell away in the last few games and didn't even make the play-offs. The more of his own stamp he was able to put on the team, the worse we got. He carried on where Davies had left off initially. Billy had gone to Derby and it was us and Derby at the top. Billy said to the press that he had "two teams at the top of the league" and from there onwards Simpson seemed to try to change things, it got into his head. As I said though as a no.2 or a 'coach' he's clearly a good option.
  3. Definitely not. It's been a long time now since Simpson managed Preston, but he was a total disaster. Took a squad that had been in the Championship play-offs 2 seasons running under Billy Davies and turned us into relegation contenders. Fell out with/couldn't manage the senior pros. He's clearly a good coach or assistant looking at the level he's worked at with England and under Steve McClaren in the Premier League but he's never a head coach or a manager at club level especially in the Championship. Would be a good appointment as assistant though.
  4. There will only be a vacancy in our midfield as and when Ben Pearson is sold. And if and when that happens our fans will probably want a few quid spending on the replacement, on a younger option than Smith. Could see us moving for Smith though as we rarely spend fees anyway and he's a decent free.
  5. Just for some context, our owner has not communicated directly with us since we won promotion back to the Championship in 2015. He also doesn't do interviews on football (horse racing is his true passion) and his son who is 'Chairman' does not attend the fans' forums. This is the first such communication we have seen from the club in a very long time. Part of that is because Peter Risdale has essentially operated as Chairman or CEO since he arrived in 2012 and is in charge of the footballing side of the club, but he had a directorship ban and his title was "advisor to the owner" so I don'
  6. He didn't do much, scored once in 20 games but despite that, he still felt PNE was below his standing in the world. We'd signed him on a season-long loan but he asked to return to Man Utd as soon as the January transfer window opened to go back to compete for a first team place! For the remainder of the season all he did was play 20 minutes away at Shrewsbury in the FA Cup. Was a stupid decision because he'd actually just started to settle in to our team as well. He's always had a lot of ability but his career has been hampered by injuries and also the fact that he thinks himself far
  7. Yeah sometimes it’s kept very firmly under wraps. If a manager in work goes for an interview or has permission to speak to another club but then doesn’t get the job, if it were public it would become very difficult for them to return to their club. By all accounts we interviewed Uwe Rösler along with Neil when we last had a vacancy. Fleetwood didn’t have to announce it and preferred to keep it quiet.
  8. From the outside looking in, seems bizarre. How can you try to appoint the likes of Hughton and Gerrard, knowing they would command big money, then say actually we need to cut costs with a cheaper managerial appointment.
  9. If you're referring to the size of transfer budget they would require, Cook actually spent very decent money at Wigan, especially last summer. It goes under the radar a bit. Still did a good job though imo.
  10. Most ITK poster on the PNE forum - https://www.pne-online.net/forum/index.php?threads/neil-out.3430952/post-3724466
  11. https://uk.linkedin.com/in/joseph-savage-191a9a159
  12. He usually takes his recruitment/head scout guy Joe Savage with him too. Don't know where he would fit in in your structure. He's basically pointless here because we never pay to sign our first choices.
  13. Neil takes Frankie McAvoy with him everywhere he goes. Also lead to believe Neil is on around 20k a week at PNE, significantly more than any of our players. He wouldn't come cheap in that sense. I think where Hughton would be more expensive is the backing he requires in the transfer market. Neil would obviously want greater backing than he has had at PNE but Hughton has always required top quality signings across the board at great expense to win promotion. Neil is quite good at inheriting squads, making a couple tweaks and building from there.
  14. https://www.blogpreston.co.uk/2019/05/preston-north-end-owner-trevor-hemmings-latest-rich-list-position-revealed/ He's been around the club for around 40-50 years. Bought full control club for 5p a share in 2010 (left hundreds of fans out of pocket) after a winding up petition was issued. It was made clear that it would only be resolved and the debt paid if fans accepted his offer. We were then relegated the following season so his reign in full charge got off to a shocking start and a some fans still dislike him for that reason. He is a ruthless old hard-nosed businessman. That said
  15. For those wondering about Alex Neil's capabilities you only have to look at some of these xG/data table that are good performance indicators. We would easily have been in the play-offs this season if we had any half decent striker at the club. Same in his first season in 17/18 when we sold Hugill on deadline day in January. We finished a point off 6th.
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