Preston North End company director Peter Ridsdale is in an optimistic mood with regards to the future and that includes off the field matters.
Having appointed Ryan Lowe as manager earlier this month, Ridsdale is confident that PNE will follow an upwards trajectory and succeed under his stewardship.
The 69-year-old has now appeared on the From the Finney podcast ahead of the festive fixture period, to give an overview on the last few weeks at Deepdale and Euxton.
He offered kind words for previous boss Frankie McAvoy, discussed vaccinations, possible further lockdowns and Covid-19 as well as North End’s supporter base.
Ridsdale also touched on the upcoming January transfer window, given that Lowe recently suggested he would like ‘one or two’ players brought in.
“I think when you become a member of the League Managers Association, they give you a little manual that says before every transfer window you go out publically and say you need three or four players,” said Ridsdale. “He (Ryan Lowe) is no different, time will tell what we need.
“It is very early days and there are a lot of factors to take into account, the first of which is that we do have a lot of players – in excess of the 25-man squad.
“We’re still in the middle of a pandemic, which is expensive, and we will not be bringing in players to sit at the training ground and not play.
“And we will not be bringing players in if it means those in our 25-man squad then have to sit at the training ground and not play, when we are paying them good wages.
“So do I expect there will be some change in January? Yes I do, but it will be based on us having to make it cost neutral because we don’t know if we’ll have supporters in for the rest of the season, what our income stream is going to be and we already have more than 25 players.
“We will do our best, as we always do, to support the manager.”
Ridsdale was also asked about players in the final year of their contracts – Andrew Hughes, Patrick Bauer and Tom Barkhuizen are the main trio from that cohort.
“The difficulty with playing contracts, what I hate is when it is played out in the press,” he added. “We are very close and in friendly discussions with two or three players.
“Clearly, I have just put a slight hesitation on the timing, only becausewe don’t sign any players without the manager agreeing.
“We have changed the manager and I want to make sure that if we’re committing to contract of two, three or four years, it is with the manager’s full agreement – that’s not to suggest he isn’t, just that he’s new.
“We are very close but not yet completed, because I need everybody’s input. In the main, we don’t have players desperate to leave us – they like what we do, what we pay and the environment.
“So I have no belief that any key players, that we want to stay, will be leaving.”
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