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‘Never felt so distant from the club’, ‘Slightly worried now’ – Many Preston North End fans react to Craig Hemmings statement

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This past weekend was a case of three steps back after two steps forward for Preston North End after a heavy defeat away at Nottingham Forest.

A week before they claimed three points over Luton Town at Deepdale before making the long midweek trip to the south coast to face unbeaten league leaders Bournemouth, beating them 2-1 thanks to goals from Ben Whiteman and Ali McCann.

It was a perfect game-plan from head coach Frankie McAvoy, who had been criticised by large sections of the support especially after the loss to bitter rivals Blackpool last month, and with almost 2,000 fans travelling to the City Ground at the weekend another bold showing was expected.

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Unfortunately though anything but that happened as an abject performance saw them downed 3-0 by Steve Cooper’s side, with an air of toxicity coming from the away end especially when the third goal went in on 70 minutes.

The mood worsened when club captain Alan Browne called out a section of the fanbase that cheered the substitution of Brad Potts on Saturday afternoon – proof of a strained relationship between the club and supporters and clarity over the direction of North End has not helped.

We have got a bit more clarity on that though today as chairman Craig Hemmings has released a statement, confirming that the club will run in the same way as it did before the passing of his father Trevor and that despite criticism over his role at PNE, Peter Ridsdale will remain as managing all football aspects of the club.

Some things were cleared up but inevitably there is still frustration – especially with Ridsdale still being an important part of matters and supporters have been making their feelings known on social media.


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Article title: ‘Never felt so distant from the club’, ‘Slightly worried now’ – Many Preston North End fans react to Craig Hemmings statement

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