This is my first post on the board and I don't intend to participate on any regular basis, especially having seen on this board several poor quality postings from alleged Blackpool & Leeds football fans.
As a Prestonian, albeit now living further afield, and in my youth a Kop End regular and lucky to see the last Tom Finney games at Deepdale. Also the likes of the Alan Kelly's, Bobby Charlton's & Nobby Stiles et al. I also managed to get to both PNE play off finals at Cardiff. I only mention this as it gives a flavour of how long I've been keeping PNE on my radar from near and afar.
After reading Paul Simpsons interview ( news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foo... on the BBC website today I'm appalled at the poor management approach being taken by our current lead coach.
"There is a player who has a different agenda to everybody else, who wants to make it difficult and spread malicious gossip."
In my view making public statements like this is not the professional way to go about implementing positive change and engaging players. It's the route to dressing room disaster.
On another front, I ask because I don't know, and I'm sure someone can advise. How many games is it now since a PNE win? By this I mean going back to that relegation performance from last season, the summer friendlies and the current league & cup games. It's certainly not just three games. It's all down to management in my view. And again to quote the 41-year -old Paul Simpson:
"Overall the performances have been decent but we have got one point on the board and that is all that we deserve."
Paul Simpson has conveniently forgotten all those other poor results. So who's fault is all this then? Certainly not someone who wants to make it difficult. Possibly someone who really feels passionate enough to make it better? But never mind, they will probably be on their way soon.
And as a moan: Why-oh-why did we fail to qualify for the play-offs for the sake of one point? Thatís what Paul Simpson needs to understand, and again to quote:
"When things are not going well it is the manager and chairman who get the stick." Of course it is! Itís always down to management in my view.
From my limited knowledge it's not really the players, as we have allegedly one of the strongest team squads in the Championship. It's simply down to Paul Simpson and unless he can recognise his professional responsibilities to the team and the faithful PNE supporters he is doomed. I hope I'm proved wrong. However, if I was in a position of influence I would release Paul Simpson now before he does irreparable damage to PNE.