Neil - Fans Are The Lifeblood
Having been confirmed earlier this week former Norwich boss Alex Neil didn't officially start work at Preston until Thursday.
Neil has laid out his aim and aspirations during his first interview when addressing the media and he's stressed the importance of the role the fans have to play at Deepdale.
If the fans aren't giving Preston their backing - he knows they've got to be given something to support though - it will have a negative impact so Neil is looking to give the current, along with future generations, something to be proud of.
He told the Official Website: 'We want to see the next generation of fans coming into the club and it is going to be really important that the players, the club and the supporters all become united as one and really back the lads on the pitch and try and get the best from them. No team ever gets success if the fans aren`t supporting them. The fans are the lifeblood of the club and we will be looking for their backing and hopefully we can replicate that by putting on good displays on the pitch.'
Neil has been told Preston will be 'a good fit' for him and he agrees.
Adding: 'I have spoken to a lot of people over the past couple of days and they keep saying the same phrase to me 'Preston North End is a really good fit for you` and what they mean by that is that the club is renowned for young, hungry players, who are enthusiastic, want to get stuck in, discipline, togetherness and I will be looking to form a very good relationship with the lads, making sure they are doing everything they can, are not stepping out of line and everybody is in it together. We don`t have any prima donnas and everyone has to be working together, fighting for the cause and that is going to be vital going forward.'
The Scot, 36, has a clear idea in his mind how he plans to go about things but also knows 'winning football matches is important' but Neil's also keen on Preston being 'easy on the eye and pleasing to watch.'
Of course, Neil is looking to add to the squad as he looks to continue the good work started by Simon Grayson.
'The one thing you always know if you are playing against Preston North End I that it is going to be a tough game and I found that in the game at Carrow Road last season. My challenge now is to try and emulate that success of winning games so that we can try to continue to climb up the league. We will look to strengthen the squad, get the younger players becoming better and better and if we can combine that it makes for an exciting season.'