Peter Ridsdale takes on Preston chairman role

Peter Ridsdale, the former Leeds and Cardiff chairman, has been appointed the same at Preston North End.

Risdale moves to Lancashire from the West Country, where he had been acting as chairman to Plymouth Argyle whilst James Brent completed his takeover of the League Two club.

The Lilywhites have been without a chairman since Maurice Lindsay stepped down from his position last Thursday. Despite owner, Trevor Hemmings’ expectancy of appointing the vacant position to someone within his business empire, the appointment of Risdale may seem a little surprising to many.

In a statement released by football club, 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.

“I sincerely hope that working with Preston North End’s existing staff and with the continued support of its fan base, I can play a part in ensuring that we return to the Championship as a minimum in the not too distant future.”

The 59 year old is often remembered for his behaviour at Leeds, between 1997 and 2003, where he led United to the brink of the Champions League final, to relegation from the Premier League.

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