Preston North End have enjoyed a fantastic season in the Sky Bet Championship, but manager Alex Neil is targeting an even better campaign next time round.

The Lilywhites finished seventh in the table, missing out on the Play-Offs on the final day, and their performances this season have received a lot of praise from football fans around the country.

Alex Neil was appointed as the manager of the Deepdale club last summer following the departure of Simon Grayson, and North End have not looked back since.

It may have been a great campaign for Preston this year, but their Scottish manager is looking for his side to go one step further next year.

Speaking with the Lancashire Evening Post, Alex Neil said: “If we improve on what we have done this year, then we are in the play-offs minimum. That is still a massive step to make, to get into the upper echelons of the division. If you look at the six teams who finished above us and you look at their squads, most of their players have played in the Premier League.”

“We haven’t got too many who have done that, it’s very different. “But we are not far off , we have set standards this year and we have to maintain them and grow them.

Alex Neil had the whole of last summer to build his own squad, and despite claims that the majority of the squad was Simon Grayson’s, Neil feels that he has certainly stamped his mark on the current team.

“There are mainstays in the squad who have been here for a while but this is a new team to a certain extent,” he said.

“What they have achieved so far is excellent and now we need to go again.”


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