Alex Neil has been presented as our new manager. The former Hamilton Academical and Norwich City gaffer will have all eyes on him as he tries to fill Simon Grayson´s boots. The Scott is 35 years old and has managed the two clubs mentioned above for the total of 185 games with a win % of 47.
He became a player-manager for Hamilton Academical in 2013 and led them to promotion to the Scottish Premiership in 2014. In January 2015 he was appointed as Norwich City manager and was the second youngest manager in the Football League at the time. Neil guided Norwich to the Premier League, after winning the 2015 Football League Championship play-off Final.
The home kit is a very good one and it could have been an absolute stunner. There is alot of right things going on – it´s mainly white, with quite thick navy stripes at the arms and neck. Also its a very thick navy stripe going from the neck down both shoulders. The neck itself is just the way it should be – a plain navy V without buttons or collar. Class.
The badge looks good and is unchanged this season. Let´s hope it stays that way for a very long time. It´s aligned perfectly with the Nike logo. The only drawback with this shirt in our opinion is that the 888 logo takes way too much attention. It´s just å big black stain on a beautiful piece of clothing. Close to perfection this time but only close.
Happy to see the hooped socks are staying.
Verdict: 8/10 points
We like Anders Lindegaard quite a lot. He made a great figure when playing in Tippeligaen over here and seemed a nice guy with his head screwed on tight. He´s also quite a funny guy on Twitter. It´s nice to have a fellow Scadi at Deepdale. Not since our very own Joshua King became the 1000th player to put on the white we`ve had a viking on board.
But what does the Preston loyals think of the guy so far? We turn to twitter…
“Decent shotstopper but a bit like Dracula when it comes to crosses.”
“Would like to sign him mainly for his passion!”
“Needs to learn come off his line at corners etc but is clearly a quality keeper at this level.”
“Good to see his wife on the Invincibles today.”
“Almost as good as the new (The Branch) logo.”
“Outstanding stop to keep us in it today. Good distribution, reads the game well and great passion too!”
“That save yesterday from Henry when he was 1 on 1 was world class, top keeper and we need to buy him IMO.”
Preston North End Football Club is once again a Championship side. Beating Swindon Town 4-0 at Wembley Sunday night was the last pice of the 2014/2015 puzzle. And we were there cha. Go to Tours to get an idea of our experience. Althogh words and pictures never will be able to fully describe the “best awayday ever”.
Over two games the Lancashire lads proved to be the stronger side. Preston was 1-0 up after a Beckford lob on thursday at the Protac Stadium. It was a heated affair where at least one or two players could count themselves luckey to be allowed to finish the game. It´s clear once again that things that could get you jail time outside the stadium may not even be a yellow card offence on the pitch.
At home Beckford followed up with a great lay back volley to make it 2-0. The third Preston playoff goal was a penalty from the league´s top scorer Joey Garner. The last goal was an incredible strike from the half way line – once again by Beckford. Chesterfield put up a decent fight. No shame in losing to the mighty Whites. After their climb to the 3rd tire last season reaching the playoffs have to be concidered a success. For our lot only a W next game calls for the same description. So lads, keep them boots on and stay focused.
Now there´s only one thing in life that´s important – getting tickets to the final.
Wembely Wembely – We´re the mighty Preston North End and we´re going to Wembely!!
So it all played out the way Preston fans predicted – we failed when we couldn´t afford to. The MK train wallsed over the already relegated Yeovil and Colchester refused to go down with them. The anti climax after holding on to the second place for so long. There´s is a lot of cool football nicknames out there. I don´t concider “The Bottlers” to be one of them. We´ll forever be the team that got “the club that never should have been” back in the second tire.
But crying like a spoiled child won´t take us anywhere, we´re in the play offs now and I have a feeling the lads want to put a couple of things straight. So come on you mighty Whites and make the push for Wembley and more important for the Championship.