The former Norwich boss was heavily linked to become Darren Moore’s successor at The Hawthorns, but the Baggies opted to make James Shan their manager until the end of the season.
Neil has spoken out (quotes sourced from Preston’s official website) after signing the new deal and admitted that he never wanted to even think about leaving Preston.
“It is just relief that it has been put to bed as much as anything else, I have said very little about it. I have made it quite clear that I have never wanted leave here.
“Unfortunately, sometimes in football speculation comes about and people make assumptions and do a lot of talking based on very little evidence.”
Neil also revealed why he didn’t applaud the Preston supporters in their defeat to West Brom at the weekend, which left supporters questioning his future at the club.
“Naturally, I wanted to go over to the fans and see them after the game, but then it would have looked like I was saying goodbye”
But the 37-year-old insisted that he is pleased to end the speculation linking him with a move away from Deepdale and is confident of the philosophy in place with Preston.
“I am just delighted that it is over. I am delighted I have committed my future here and I really believe in what we are doing here. That is why I wanted to stay.”
Neil will be hoping that his side can keep their faint play-off chances alive when they take on Ipswich Town, who have already been relegated to League One after their draw with Birmingham last week.
I’m surprised that he was never tempted by a move to West Brom.
West Brom are more likely to win promotion back into the Premier League and I think this decision could be one that he regrets.
I just can’t see him being able to do anymore than he’s already achieved with Preston.
Surely an offer from the Baggies would have been a more exciting proposition for Neil?