Brown backs Humphrey to shine at PNE

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Former Preston North End manager Craig Brown has backed Chris Humphrey to shine in a North End shirt.

Brown managed the speedy winger at Motherwell and thinks that Humphrey has what it takes to succeed at Deepdale.

His summer Bosman move to the Lilywhites from the Steelmen caught Brown’s eye because of his past connections with both clubs.

He managed PNE between June 2002 and August 2004, and had a year in charge of Motherwell – inheriting Humphrey at Fir Park.

Brown told the Evening Post: “Chris Humphrey will be a good signing for Preston.

“He has great pace and is a good deliverer of the ball.

“I liked him a lot when I was his manager at Motherwell.

“They had signed him from Shrewsbury and he played a lot of games up there.

“Chris is a good outlet for the team, if you get the ball to him he’s got the pace to tear past the full-back.

“He has got terrific ability and is a nice lad too.

“When Preston signed Chris, I took notice as I knew they were getting a good player.

“Chris played in the Europa League for Motherwell with me.

“I got them into Europe and we played six games, beating teams from Iceland and Norway, before losing to Odense from Denmark.”

Brown, 73, stepped down as Aberdeen manager towards the end of last season and is now a non-executive director of the Pittodrie outfit.

Tomorrow night he will be at Wembley for England’s game against Scotland.

The friendly is the first clash between the countries since they met in 1999 in a play-off for the European Championships – Brown was Scotland boss at the time.

He left the Scotland post in 2001 and was appointed PNE manager the following year.

Brown said: “I always look out for Preston’s results and I still have my flat in the city.

“I intended coming down for the game against Blackpool last week but at the last minute I couldn’t do.

“I watched it on TV and was delighted to see Preston win it.

“They played very well.

“It is a great club and I was proud to manage them – I’d love to see them back in the Championship soon.”