In focus: PNE v Leeds

Whites boss Steve Evans
Whites boss Steve Evans
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MEET THE BOSS: Steve Evans has spent almost seven months as Leeds head coach – a relatively long service since Massimo Cellino became the club’s owner.

He was appointed on October 19 in succession to the sacked Uwe Rosler. Former Preston winger Paul Raynor, who scored for PNE in the 1994 play-off final against Wycombe at Wembley, is Evans’ No.2. Evans, 53, previously managed Boston United, Crawley and Rotherham. Speculation surrounds Evans’ long-term future at Elland Road, bearing in mind Cellino’s reputation.

MEET THE REF:

Wiltshire referee Brendan Malone will take charge of a game at Deepdale for the first time on Saturday. He was in the middle for PNE’s 2-1 defeat at Cardiff in February. He has refereed 30 games this season, six of them at this level of the game.

THIS WEEK...

45 YEARS AGO: On May 4, 1971, Preston won the Third Division title. Having won promotion at Fulham three days earlier, they beat Rotherham 3-0 at Deepdale to finish top of the table. Alan Spavin scored twice and Clive Clark netted in front of a bumper 28,224 crowd.

35 YEARS AGO: Despite beating Derby County 2-1 at the Baseball Ground on May 6, 1981, North End were relegated from the old Second Division. Alex Bruce scored both of PNE’s goals but Cardiff’s 0-0 draw at champions West Ham meant they survived at Preston’s expense.

22 YEARS AGO: On May 7, 1994, Preston drew 1-1 at Wycombe, Ryan Kidd scoring. The sides met again at Wembley three weeks later.