GIVE DUE CREDIT TO PETER FOR PNE REVIVAL
PETER Ridsdale was the man who both hired and fired me at Preston North End.
He has worked quietly under the radar at Deepdale as the club have emerged from League One and positioned themselves to be looking upwards towards the Premier League.
His role has been as an advisor to the owner, but his mark on the football club is loud and clear.
Much gets written about some people and much of what gets written is unfair.
He knew that I had a tough job to do in cutting the club’s Championship budget and turning it into a League One budget. And he backed me for as long as he felt he could.
It wasn’t easy for him to stand behind me as I faced pelters from players whose lives I was having to change. But he did. He stood shoulder to shoulder with me.
I’m a great believer in meeting people and getting to know them before judging them. I liked Peter, I enjoyed working with him and I greatly respected his tenacity in doing the right job for the club and his vision in how to build the club for the future.
Many people play their part in creating success. Peter has unquestionably played his part in taking PNE back close to the very top table.
He’s faced some unsavoury press himself. But he definitely deserves some solid credit right now. Everybody plays their part at Preston. But Peter has done a quiet, steady and spectacularly good job. I sincerely hope the club can finally take their next step.
BACKING: Peter Ridsdale