Caretaker PNE boss happy with one-game legacy

Temporary boss: John Dreyer
Temporary boss: John Dreyer
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John Dreyer is delighted that Preston North End are ‘three points better off’ from his short stint as caretaker manager.

With Simon Grayson expected to be appointed North End’s new boss in the next couple of days, Dreyer’s legacy from being in temporary charge will be the 2-0 win over League One leaders Bournemouth.

Grayson has been PNE’s first-choice target since sacking Graham Westley last week, three promotions from this level with Blackpool, Leeds and Huddersfield a big attraction.

Glynn Snodin, who was his assistant at Leeds and Huddersfield, was at Deepdale to see the Bournemouth victory.

North End are likely to offer Dreyer a role on the new coaching team, the club impressed with how he’s handled the caretaker job in recent days.

The 49-year-old is a popular figure among the players, that evident in the manner they performed at the weekend.

First-half goals from Stuart Beavon and Bailey Wright helped the Lilywhites inflict only a second league defeat on Bournemouth since Eddie Howe rejoined the Cherries as manager in October.

Reflecting on Saturday’s events, Dreyer said: “The fans gave me a lovely reception, I’d asked them during the week to give us some noise and they did exactly that.

“It was a terrific atmosphere and it’s a two-way thing, the players feed off that but the fans need something to cheer about too.

“The fans soon saw what our intentions were and they responded with a lot of noise which we especially needed in the last 15 minutes when the lads were getting tired.

“I think the crowd got us over the line and that was credit to them.

“The important thing is that the club is three points better off than it was.

“It’s good that we have stopped the poor run and the lads have the foundation to go into the next game at Swindon.”

PNE skipper John Welsh was praised by Dreyer for playing in the game despite the fact his wife had gone into labour on the morning of the game.

Welsh put in a fine performance in the midfield, and his baby son Jamie was born on Sunday morning.

As for what is next for Dreyer at Deepdale, the man nicknamed Tumble was being coy about his future.

Said Dreyer: “The remit given to me on Thursday was to take the team on Saturday, and I’ve done that.

“All my focus was on the team and getting them right, I honestly wasn’t looking beyond the game.

“It was a total focus to win a game of football against the league leaders and I’ve done my side of the bargain.

“I have aspirations of being a manager – I’ve managed before and in recent years I’ve been an assistant manager.

“Being around players isn’t an issue.

“I won’t be badgering the club for some kind of answer or decision because we won a game of football.

“For sure I will speak to them, for all I know there could be a new manager coming in.

“The important thing is that Preston won a home game and got that particular monkey off their back – I’m secondary to that.

“I hope the players enjoyed themselves, they told me they did.

“I’ve really enjoyed the last few days and the lads put in a top-drawer performance against Bournemouth.”

Meanwhile, North End’s game against Oldham Athletic a week tomorrow will have to be rearranged because the Latics’ FA Cup replay against Everton is scheduled to be played the next day.

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