Preston have appointed former Leeds and Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale as their new chairman of football.
North End have been without a chairman since Maurice Lindsay stepped down last Thursday due to ill health. Owner Trevor Hemmings was expected to make the new appointment from within his personal business empire, making Ridsdale's arrival at Preston - currently 14th in League One under manager Phil Brown - something of a shock.
In a statement released by Preston, Ridsdale said: "I am delighted and privileged to be joining Preston North End Football Club. Preston North End is a football club that has an incredible football heritage, a large and loyal supporter base and a club that frankly ought to be competing to join the Premier League rather than playing in League One."
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