Perhaps appointing in-house is best way forward, suggests Preston North End Fans’ Panel memeber John Smith

After our last three games in which we have kept three clean sheets and collected seven points, I no longer have to count sheep or use my deep-breathing relaxation techniques in order to get to sleep at night and I feel like putting a coat hanger on my face upside down to keep the smile on through summer now that all my relegation worries have finally gone.

Sunday, 25th April 2021, 12:30 pm

Although we were not at our best at Coventry the win was another plus on the CV of interim manager Frankie McAvoy who has managed to get Alex Neil’s under-performing side playing for him with his record only being spoiled by the heavy loss to Brentford, one of the best sides in the division.

During his 11 years of ownership Trevor Hemmings has not acted like a benefactor in the same way as Jack Walker or Dave Whelan so the prospect of this happening this summer is highly unlikely, even though we are in need of some quality signings if we are going to challenge for a top-six spot.

If Mr Hemmings policy is to leave the signing of players up to the owner’s advisor and the new head of recruitment, it might be better for the coaching side to be left in-house to try and get the best out of the new players and those who have under-performed this season.

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Some of our most successful managers in modern times Gary Peters, David Moyes and Billy Davies have been appointed internally and every managerial appointment is a gamble of sorts.

If an outside manager was brought in he would need backing financially and the whole system in the way the club operates would have to be changed.

Although I think that is required if the club is to move on, it is unlikely to happen and that type of appointment could also have disastrous consequences.

Whatever happens we are treading water these days in this division but at least Frankie has thrown us a rubber ring to keep us afloat for the time being.