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Alex Neil’s new comments put nail in coffin for West Brom

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Preston manager Alex Neil has said everything is “forgotten” after he signed a new deal with the Lancashire side on Sunday, ending rumours that he could be set to take over as manager of West Brom.

It had been reported that West Brom were set to make an official approach to Preston for Neil following the match between the two sides on Saturday, but after The Baggies 4-1 thrashing of North End, it was announced on Sunday morning that Neil had extended his contract at Deepdale, keeping him at Preston until the summer of 2022.

Now Neil has broken his silence on the speculation linking him with a move to the Hawthorns. Speaking about the links in his pre-match press conference ahead of Friday’s visit of Ipswich Town, Neil said: “All is forgotten as far as I am concerned, and let’s hope we can have a really successful couple of years now.”

A run of four straight defeats has seen Preston fall eight points adrift of the play-off places with just four games of the season remaining, but Neil appears confident about the long term future of the club with him at the helm, as he added: “When you are settled, you believe in the project and you are happy in your work, why would you want to leave?”

The verdict

Neil’s contract extension was a huge boost for Preston, and what he says hear will only provide further encouragement for North End fans.

The Scotsman has been crucial to Preston’s recent play-off pushes, and having already shown he can do it at Norwich, there will be a growing expectation around Deepdale that sooner or later it will happen for them too.

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