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Neil unhappy over Baggies rumours

14th April 2019, 04:40 by Michael Holland

Alex Neil blamed the speculation over his future for his Preston side's 4-1 defeat against West Brom, the club who want him.

Albion striker Dwight Gayle opened the scoring in the 27th minute and then grabbed his second four minutes later. Jay Rodriguez added Albion's third with his 21st of the campaign two minutes before half-time with Gayle completing his hat-trick in the 71st minute.

Preston striker Callum Robinson grabbed a consolation in the final minute.

It was a fourth straight defeat for Preston and Neil felt that his players were affected by rumours about his future.

"I thought that (the speculation) got to the players. It became a little bit of a pantomime before the game. I could see it in their eyes before the match," he said.

"It has affected them and it has affected the day for the fans which I apologise for. The fact that it is because of me makes me really disappointed and frustrated.

"I feel as if I have ruined the day for the supporters. People write what they want and then it grows arms and legs."

Neil hopes the speculation can be ended quickly one way or another and he added: "It needs to be brought to a conclusion. There has been no approach to Preston. So there is nothing to say.

"There is nothing for me to hide. When I'm not in control of the situation, it becomes tough. When you've got to make a decision to make, then you are in control. There is no decision to make.

"I'm the Preston manager, I've got a rolling contract and that was the case before the game and exactly is this second. I would imagine something would take place over the next couple of days and then whatever will happen will happen at that point."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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