Ferguson gets support from chairman

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Preston chairman Maurice Lindsay has given his full backing to manager Darren Ferguson and has pledged to support him wherever possible.

Former Peterborough boss Ferguson was appointed manager in January 2010 but was unable to prevent the Championship side from ending last season down in 17th.

Lindsay, who recently replaced Derek Shaw as chairman, told PNE Player: "First of all the manager is the most important person at any football club. It is his energy, his commitment, his grief and ambition that the players respond to.

"In that respect, the administration and his chairman acts in a supporting role. I will never pretend to be a team manager, never pretend to be a selector or never pretend to be a talent scout. I'm just here available 24 hours a day to support the manager wherever I can."

He added: "Purely I will be managing the business of the club, so I will have to work with Darren so that we operate within reasonable restraints, so we don't fall into the difficult financial circumstances that the club has been in. I will be faithfully supporting the manager wherever possible."

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