Well, we’re not out of the woods just yet.
West Bromwich Albion continue to be linked with Alex Neil, eyeing him as a replacement for Darren Moore. Moore was sacked last month after a patchy run of form, with James Shan taking over as caretaker.
So far, Shan has won three in three, including Friday’s victory over Birmingham City. The Baggies are gathering momentum again, and Shan appears to have the job until the summer.
From then though, West Brom will be seeking a permanent appointment. For weeks now, Slavisa Jokanovic has been the main name in the frame, with North End boss Neil second in line.
Now though, the Daily Mail claim that Neil has become West Brom’s top target. Jokanovic is still thought to be in the mix, but Neil has allegedly overtaken him on the shortlist.
According to the report, West Brom have identified Neil as their man for two reasons. One being his work on a tight budget at Preston, and two because of a previous Championship promotion on his CV at Norwich City.
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It was always unlikely that Neil would leave Preston so close to the end of the season, but concerns will mount ahead of the summer. Jokanovic looked to be the main man, but Neil seemingly overtaking him is a major cause for worry.
West Brom can offer a better contract and a bigger budget, as well as better infrastructure and playing staff. The huge pressure is the only thing that could save Preston. Moore was sacked whilst in fourth place, whereas Neil is safe at Preston and calls all the shots.
This one could rumble on for weeks and months yet, so brace yourself for more rumours about Neil’s Deepdale future.