Shaw calls for Patel clarity
Derek Shaw has called for teenage shareholder Hussein Patel to make his position clear over comments made about a cash injection.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 12/09/07 2:47pm
Preston North End chairman Derek Shaw has called for teenage shareholder Hussein Patel to make his position clear over comments made about a potential cash injection.
Patel, son of multi-millionaire Arif Patel, is North End's fourth-largest shareholder and recently claimed his family would 'seriously consider' ploughing money into the club.
But Shaw is wary that the club's current financial situation is fragile, and has asked the 18-year-old to clarify his comments.
"I've no problem with having a meeting of shareholders but does Mr Patel mean he's willing to put money into the club in the way of a gift or a loan?" he said.
"He needs to make this clear and as the club's debt is around £6million, I certainly don't think we should be looking to increase that any further."
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Billy Jones is keen to fill the gap that Graham Alexander has left in the Preston defence.
Alexander, who made 400 appearances for the Lilywhites, has joined rivals Burnley and an opportunity has presented itself to Jones.
The right-back is keen to take the opening with both hands, and is determined to make the position his own.
"The gaffer's plan this year was Graham to be playing, me backing him up and pushing him all the way," he said.
"With him moving there is a chance for me, but I know if I don't play well then someone will come in and take my place. That's football.
"Now I can focus on one position which was one of the reasons why I came to Preston and hopefully I can make the right-back position my own."