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Preston North End to bring back glory years

Chairman Peter Ridsdale is confident that new North End manager Graham Westley can bring success to the club.

Ridsdale had hardly had time to get his feet under the table at Deepdale as in his first two months one of his first acts was to sack Manager Phil Brown, installing David Unsworth and Graham Alexander as caretakers and search for a new manager, eventually bringing in Graham Westley from Stevenage.

Concerns from fans were raised when the Ex Leeds, Barnsley, Cardiff and Plymouth supremo succeeded Maurice Lindsay at the start of December but it was his quarter of a century of experience in football’s boardrooms that tempted North End owner Trevor Hemmings to pick up the phone to appoint Ridsdale.

“I think it’s been quite a strange period really since I came in,” said Ridsale.

“One of the first things I did was make the big decision to change the manager, then we had the four-week period without a permanent manager.

“I honestly believe we can bring success back to Deepdale sooner rather than later.

“Trevor is a fantastic guy, he’s given me an opportunity which I was grateful for and since the day I walked in, he’s been 100% supportive.

Preston North End is a proud club and should Ridsdale emulate the David Moyes years when the Premier League was 90 minutes away he will create a lasting dynasty that will make Sir Tom Finney applaud.


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