Alex Neil ended his first season in charge of Preston North End disappointed, as the Lancashire club narrowly missed out on the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs on the final day.

However, the Scottish manager has got to be proud of everything him and his team have achieved this season.

The former Norwich City boss took over at Deepdale after former boss Simon Grayson left the club to join recently relegated Sunderland, and the Lilywhites have not looked back ever since.

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Their seventh place finish in the second tier is something that has to be commended, and finishing just two points behind Derby in sixth is something that they will look to build on next season.

Alex Neil has been talking about next season in an interview with the Lancashire Evening Post, and he says that he will expand on the squad over the summer, rather than have an overhaul of the current group of players.

He said: “I want to try and get as much done in the summer, improve the positions which I know we need to improve on. This squad has done very well and there are massive strides it can take.”

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“However, without more competition for places, I don’t think improvement takes place. If you know there is no one behind you giving you a push then you get comfortable and we can’t afford that. It won’t be an overhaul of the squad, that is too strong a word, we will grow it.”

North End finished their season with a 2-1 victory over Burton Albion, condemning Nigel Clough’s side to relegation.

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