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Ex-Preston coach Jonathan Gould responds when asked about Alex Neil possibly leaving for Celtic

Preston boss Alex Neil isn’t exactly loved by all corners of the North End fanbase right now.

North End’s form this season has been very inconsistent, and some have lost belief in Neil’s suitability for the job.

We’re still backing Neil and understand how difficult the job is right now having lost eight players in January and brought eight in.

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Whilst some may want a change, Neil is being loosely linked with a move to Celtic after they parted ways with Neil Lennon last week.

Neil was wanted by Celtic in 2019 and one Bhoys podcast hinted earlier this season that they still fancy bringing him back to Scotland.

A move to Parkhead would be a huge step up from the pressure of managing Preston, and few could blame him if he did want that job.

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One man who knows Preston, Celtic and Neil very well is Jonathan Gould; he played for both clubs and then returned to work on Neil’s coaching staff at Deepdale last season.

The Glasgow Times have asked Gould about Neil and a potential move to Parkhead, and Gould raved about the way Neil prepares and coaches his teams.

Gould added that he thinks Neil has done a remarkable job at Deepdale and has it in him to manage a bigger team in the near future – such as Celtic.

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“Alex’s detail, the way he prepares his teams, is impeccable,” said Gould. “I have had the privilege of working with a lot of good managers as a player and as a coach. Alex is one of the few coaches who can come up with his strategy on a Monday and can translate that onto a football field on a Saturday.”

“He doesn’t do it just by using a whiteboard or a power point, he does by coaching the lads from Monday to Friday. It is quite a rare quality. It says a lot about him as a student of the game and how much he thinks about football. He has got a certain quality that has seen him be successful.”

“He has done remarkable jobs with all of the clubs he has been at. I think he is well suited at some point, although I am sure Preston North End won’t be happy to lose him, to work at a big club. He has got that in him somewhere down the line,” he added.

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