PNE’s Peter Ridsdale’s Premier League promise as North End enter Euxton

Premier Preston: PNE set sights on top flight after opening of new training ground.

This week Preston North End opened the doors of its new state of the art training facility known as Euxton.

The Lilywhites had previously trained at Springfields, but Ridsdale’s plan is to take the club to the next level, both on and off the field.  

Ridsdale said: “Springfields was tired, it was old, and it didn’t really have the space that was needed for a Premier League football club. Now what we must do is deliver on the field, now we have delivered off it.”

“It’s delivering a promise, a few years ago we said we wanted a Premier League quality training ground. I think anybody who sees it will realise what a magnificent facility it is for our players and our aspirations for the future.”

The training ground previously owned by Wigan Athletic has seen facilities upgraded since PNE purchased the site after The Latics were forced to sell due to financial difficulties.

The upgraded facilities include the introduction of undersoil heating on one of the pitches, plunge pools, and a fully refurbished gym.

Another key feature of the new and improved training ground involves the added space for administration staff, therefore improving the workspace of players and non-playing staff.

Peter was also full of praise for club owner Trevor Hemmings, insisting North End was a well-run business and fans could rest happy knowing that their club would still be here in the future.

Ridsdale said: “Had we built the facility from scratch it would have probably cost around £10 million, so I think everyone will be proud of the work here.

“We’ve got the stadium; we’ve got the training ground and anybody who wants to support a football club wants to be reassured that the club is going to be there in the future. We are probably the most stable football club outside of the Premier League and that is to Mr. Hemmings’ credit.”

North End manager Alex Neil has since played down Peter Ridsdale’s plans for promotion this season, despite the new training ground boosting club morale.

Neil said: “It is easy to fling those comments out, but it is much harder to get there. In this league alone you will have Watford, Bournemouth, and Norwich coming down. They have parachute payments, salaries that are considerably more than ours, and their players have all played in the Premier League.”

“I think we are moving in the right direction. We have a settled team and naturally, as a manager I would like to freshen it up a bit more, but the way things are at the moment that cant happen.”