The Football League Paper - - GRAHAM WESTLEY -

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

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