With talk of Alex Neil becoming the next West Bromwich Albion manager intensifying, with Sky Sports now saying he is a “strong contender” for the job, we turn our thoughts towards his potential replacement were the worst to happen.
Preston North End manager Alex Neil is a strong contender to fill the managerial vacancy at West Bromwich Albion, Sky Sports News understands.https://t.co/4GBi9X8f26
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) March 12, 2019
One name that’s sure to be mentioned is former Preston boss David Moyes.
In his 4 years at Deepdale the Scot did an unbelievable job, which earned him his move to Everton. But it is after he left the Merseyside giants that things turned sour for him.
It is not unfair to say that every position he held afterwards turned out to be an unmitigated disaster, with him becoming the butt of the jokes by rival fans up and down the country.
Maybe it is his tarnished reputation that has seen him struggle to find another job since he left West Ham last May.
It would be a controversial appointment, and despite his previous stint at the club, would be likely to underwhelm Preston fans, who, in Alex Neil, have a manager that has transformed the club and saw them almost make the Championship play-offs last season, finishing seventh.
They currently sit tenth in the table, and Neil’s record overall is impressive, and according to transfermarkt.co.uk, he has a 39 per cent win average since taking charge at Deepdale, and having lost only 29 per cent of the 89 games he has overseen.
With those statistics, it is not surprising that Preston fans do not want to lose their man, and the thought of them turning back the clock and bringing back Moyes would stick in the throat of the majority of them.
We think that the old saying of ‘never go back’ has never been more apt than in this case, and any appointment of Moyes would not be a case of just turning back time, but would be a metaphorical backward step too.
What are your thoughts Preston fans? Will Neil leave? And who would you want to bring in to replace him if he did? Let is know below…