Barnsley vs Preston North End

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Oakwell, February 1, 7.45pm

UNDERACHIEVEMENT last season met tight finaces this for a club used to play off pushes and as a result, Preston are rock bottom of the Championship.

Darren Ferguson again failed to show his managerial qualities at second tier level and Phil Brown has now been asked to replicate his heroics at Hull.

Loan players from Manchester United and Stoke left with Ferguson leaving a depleted squad and with just five wins so far this season, the task is an uphill one.

MANAGER

PHIL Brown bided his time for a new job following his sacking at Hull in March last year but he couldn’t have picked a tougher one than at basement boys Preston.

Should they survive, Preston will be confident they have a man who can establish them as a force in the Championship again.

After a poor start to his managerial career at Derby – sacked after seven months – the 51-year-old former full back guided Hull to safety in his first season before masterminding their promotion to the top flight for the first time in their history and then survival before it all went wrong.