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Dead end for North End
Kammy says Preston could be in the Premier League now if the board had backed Paul Simpson last January.
Last Updated: 22/11/07 3:24pm
Nobody is given time any more. Managers are getting sacked so often and this season it is worse than ever.
It wasn't inevitable that Paul Simpson would be sacked by Preston, but after a poor start to the season it was always more than likely because that's the way of the world now.
But he's got to look back and ask the board: "Why didn't you help me last January?" Preston were in a brilliant position last year, but they didn't buy anyone in the transfer window.
Derby, Sunderland and Birmingham were the only ones that really pushed the boat out last January. They all spent up to £3million and they got what they paid for - promotion to the Premier League.
Preston were in a better position than all of those teams last January, but Paul wasn't allowed to spend. There was no money made available and he couldn't bring anyone in.
He may have thought he was doing the club a favour by balancing the books, but at the end of the day it doesn't do you any good. When you are flying high like that, maybe a manager should jump ship if the club are going to restrict him and hold him back financially.
So I think the board have got to take responsibility for the club not being in the Premier League this season.
But you can't blame the board for the position they are in now after 16 games.
I spoke to Simmo earlier in the season and he insisted Preston were a better team than their position suggested. He thought they'd be alright, but it didn't work out.
You see managers in good positions leaving their clubs, never mind managers at the bottom. Every manager is under pressure and under threat, so he can't say he didn't deserve it because other managers could turn around and say the same thing.
But at the start of the season Simmo will have looked at his squad and seen he was without his main goalscorer in David Nugent. Every year it seems a player leaves Preston for big money and again, not a lot of money was spent.
The club could have cashed in on him last January, but they wouldn't have got anywhere near £6million for him then - they would have got a maximum of £3million.
Preston's success saw his value go up and I would say Paul Simpson put another £3million on the value of David Nugent.
But what thanks does he get for that? It's 'thank you very much, see you later.'
Alan Irvine might be a surprise replacement for a lot of people, but the one thing Preston have done is to maintain a fantastic relationship with David Moyes since he left.
He was Moysey's number two at Everton and I'm sure Preston will have asked him for his advice and he'll have told them Alan is ready for it.
Preston have always looked upon themselves as a club that could pick out young, talented managers and they have always gone with their gut instinct.
They gave Moysey his first job, they gave Gary Peters his first job, it was Simmo's first job at that level and they gave Billy Davies a chance too.
Simmo wasn't a disaster, he was a reasonable success and they'll be hoping Alan can do a good job too. He'll be really up for it as it is his first job. He'll have new ideas and he'll have learned plenty from Moysey.
I'll be as interested as anyone else to see how he goes about the job. He's always been up for a giggle when I've been in his company, but I'll be fascinated to see more of his coaching abilities.
His first game will be live on Sky on Saturday and their opponents Charlton have been on a great run, winning three on the bounce. The last thing Alan Pardew would have wanted is to play a team with a new manager, but Charlton will still be favourites.
You never know what the new manager factor will be. It was a big surprise that Neil Warnock didn't win his first game at Palace. Maybe the trend of managers having an immediate impact has changed?Do you agree with Kammy? Let us know what you think by using the feedback form below and continue to email him your questions here
Kammy answers your questions...
Kammy, I'm a Plymouth fan and I'm upset about Ian Holloway going to Leicester. Why would he want to leave Argyle? Jon, Plymouth.
KAMMY REPLIES:I heard form a journalist earlier this week that he was absolutely nailed on to leave and for the life of me I couldn't believe it. I know Ian Holloway well and I know how loyal he was to Bristol Rovers. He was devastated when they sacked him. Then he went to Queens Park Rangers and gave that job everything he'd got, but in my opinion he was hung out to dry once again and sacked unjustly.
Then he went to Plymouth where the board love him, the players love him and he is a hero. If Plymouth managed to get to the play-offs this season, there would be the biggest party ever in Devon. But if they don't get promotion it wouldn't be a disaster and they would have hope for the following season.
But under Milan Mandaric at Leicester, the priority is to get out of that division this year, even though they are off the pace at the moment. He'd be working under pressure form the start. So my advice to Ian would have been to stay put. Plymouth is a good football club where he can call the shots and everybody loves him. Why would he want to put that in jeopardy? It's a very surprising move.
Hi Chris, James Beattie has been banging in the goals for Sheffield United, but the rest of the team have not been performing. England have got no strikers at the moment, so I reckon he might be in Steve McClaren's plans if he was at a Premier League club. Do you think he made a mistake going there? Mike, Liverpool.
KAMMY REPLIES: No, he has not made a mistake. He was brave enough to drop down a division when Everton decided he wasn't worth a place in their starting line-up and he's proved in the first few weeks that he's better than the Championship.
But scoring goals in the Championship doesn't get you an England place I'm afraid. David Nugent was scoring every week in that league, but he can't get a game at Portsmouth.
I admire his desire to go and play football, unlike players who sit on their backsides and pick up the wages as squad players. Robbo has paid a lot of money for him, but the board can't haul him over the coals for that signing. However, they could haul him over the coals for the goals that they are letting in. Saying that, come the business end of the season I'm sure United will be up there.
Just wondering what your thoughts were on Nottingham Forest's chances of promotion this season? I'd love to see them back in the Championship but it's so hard for our teams to get promoted when the big teams keep snapping up our promising youngsters. The reason we were relegated was the loss of Marlon Harewood (West Ham), Michael Dawson (Tottenham) and Andy Reid (Tottenham). There should be protection for these sorts of players. Cheers, James, Wakefield.
KAMMY REPLIES: I wouldn't worry about that too much. The sale of young players provides finance and it has no bearing on your season if you are trying to be successful. The Forest board know that if they do well this season, then they can hang onto their young players because their value is only going to get bigger.
When Dawson and Reid went it was the right time for them to go. With Harewood, Forest did well with the price. He enhanced his reputation at West Ham, but you watched him at times for Forest and you were uncertain about his abilities.
Without talented youngsters getting sold to the Premier League clubs, the big clubs would just go out and get the top foreign players. Then we'd have far less English players in the top flight.
But Forest have an absolutely fantastic chance of going up, though in that League you can throw a blanket over about 12 teams. You wonder if it's written for Leeds to go up this year, but it's certainly not a foregone conclusion.
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