'Look after each other' urges Preston North End manager Alex Neil

Preston North End manager Alex Neil has urged the club's supporters to look after themselves and one another during the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, 20th March 2020, 6:19 pm
Updated Friday, 20th March 2020, 6:20 pm
Preston North End manager Alex Neil

Although Neil has been putting plans in place behind the scenes for when football does resume after its current suspension, he says the priority is people staying healthy by following Government advice.

Speaking to PNE's official website, Neil said: "The first thing we want to do is to make sure that everybody is taking care of each other and make sure we are trying to resolve this situation together, as quickly as possible.

“If we can get that done and everybody come through it the other end, with their health the priority, then hopefully, once we get up and running, there won’t be too much damage done.

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“What is important, is that for people with health issues, or our more elderly fans, is don’t put yourself in harm’s way.

"It is really important that you stick to the measures that the government have planned out for us and we try and see this period through and then hopefully everybody can come out of it at the other end.

"That is the most important thing. We don’t want anyone to be doing anything silly and putting themselves at risk and if we can get through this, hopefully we will come out of it in a better place.”

The EFL and Premier League suspended football a week ago, in North End's case of the eve of the scheduled visit to Luton Town.

It is off until April 30 at the earliest and it is anyone's guess at the moment when games will resume.

After training earlier this week, the North End players are now staying at home and adhering to a fitness programme.

Neil said: "What we have done is to prepare a couple of provisional schedules, dependent on when we are back.

"We are working on some preliminary dates for us to reconvene the games, but it will fluctuate depending on the situation throughout the country.

“We have knocked up a programme for the players to keep themselves ticking over. We are hoping we will be back in training before too long.

“We are well planned and well prepped; the biggest difficulty we have got is that we really need a restart date.

"That will give us a chance to then implement our plan. When that is continually moving and continually changing, it is difficult.

"It does alter, and depending on how many weeks it goes without us playing a game, determines how match fit the players will, or will not, be at that stage.

“We have spoken about it at length. We have plans in place and it is hopefully just a matter of time until we can implement those plans."