The Lilywhites host high-flying table-toppers Norwich City this weekend, and will need to show a remarkable improvement if they're to secure a positive result against the Premier League-bound Canaries.
Speaking to the Lancashire Post ahead of the game, interim head coach Frankie McAvoy revealed: “In terms of results and dealing with players, the buck stops with myself. The one thing about me is that I’m always open and always honest – I’m up front with people.
“I think people like that, I won’t make it more difficult to come and approach me. My job is to win games and I’ll do whatever is needed to achieve that.
“We’ve got a bubbly group of players, there’s always been a good camaraderie. It’s that team spirit we want to see continuing.”
As things stand, Preston are a solid nine points clear of the relegation, but they will be mindful that a few poor results could leave them in trouble, given the ever-unpredictable nature of the second tier.
Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Preston North End and the rest of the Championship, as the build-up to the upcoming weekend's action continues:
1. Bellingham discusses Man Utd snub
Ex-Birmingham City wonderkid Jude Bellingham has revealed he never considered a move to Manchester United, and was determined to join Borussia Dortmund as soon as they expressed an interest. He's made 35 appearances for BVB this season. (FourFourTwo)
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2. Bluebirds loanee up for grabs this summer
Cardiff City loan star Harry Wilson looks set to be up for grabs this summer, as Liverpool prepare to move on a number of their fringe players. He's likely to be sold for less than their original asking price of £20m. (Mirror)
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3. Hornets could keep Lazaar
Watford sporting director Cristiano Giaretta has revealed he's held talks with short-term signing Achraf Lazaar over the potential of extending his contract with the Hornets, but no concrete decision will be made until the summer. (Watford Observer)
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4. Leeds among Dike's admirers
Barnsley's star loanee Daryl Dike is rumoured to have caught the eye of Leeds United, West Ham and Chelsea. The 20-year-old Orlando City striker has excelled since joining the Tykes on loan, scoring five goals in 11 games. (Team Talk)
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