Preston North End boss Alex Neil will start his summer planning this week – Lancashire Evening Post

Preston North End boss Alex Neil will start his summer planning this week - Lancashire Evening Post

Alex Neil Ready For A Summer Of Necessary Work

The Lilywhites manager plans to meet all the players for individual sessions as he begins to shape things for the 2019/20 campaign.

Neils intention is to keep the core of his squad in place, including those who have played key roles this season.

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In terms of the retained list there are no regulars coming to the end of their contracts this summer.

Loan pair Lukas Nmecha and Brandon Barker will go back to Manchester City, with an attempt to get Nmecha back for a second spell certainly a possibility.

People will only leave if there is interest, only leave if maybe their contract has run out, only if their loan ends or whatever the case maybe.

The campaign finished on a losing note for North End when they were beaten 3-0 by Brentford yesterday.

Griffin Park has not been the happiest of hunting grounds in the last few visits and they were second best to the Bees in this.

After the final day defeat to Brentford, manager Alex Neil spoke of the importance of a summer of 'necessary work' ahead of the new campaign in August.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil says the club have a summer of work ahead of them to get ready for next season.

Speaking after the side’s final game of the 2018/19 campaign against Brentford at Griffin Park, he was disappointed to end the season without a positive memory from the last match.

Speaking to iFollow PNE he said: “For us to improve and have a chance to challenge next season, we are certainly going to have to be a lot better than we were today.

“Unfortunately for everybody, that’s the last thing we leave with a memory of this season, which is a disappointment, but we need to regroup and make sure that in the summer we do all the necessary work that we need to do to make sure that we are in as strong a position as we can be to go into next season.”

The game was one that will not live long in the memory for the manager, who felt his side were not at the standards they usually set: “We are disappointed,” he continued. “We didn’t really hurt Brentford at stages in the game and it was a little bit flat, which was also disappointing.

“When they looked more threatening than we did, it didn’t make a good balance in the match, because I felt we didn’t really move the ball quick enough to get into threatening areas and when they moved the ball quick enough, it caused us issues. We didn’t deserve anything from that game.

“It is difficult to put a finger on why it was a bit flat. They are very strong at home; we knew we had to come here, work hard and perform well to get results at places like this.

“That is the same for anybody here – they beat Leeds 2-0 the other week – but the disappointing thing is that we didn’t do ourselves justice.

“What we have done here in the past is that we have been competitive and we have played well at times, but that certainly wasn’t one of those days today.”

A change was made at the break to try and change things, but the gaffer felt it didn’t change enough.

“We found it difficult to get in behind them. When you have got that target man it is hard, because you can’t get in behind through the central areas and it didn’t really work for us.

“We need to look at the game today, be disappointed with what we contributed, because it wasn’t enough,” he added.

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