Controversial Ridsdale defends his track record

Money man: Peter Ridsdale has moved to Preston North End
Money man: Peter Ridsdale has moved to Preston North End
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Former Barnsley chief Peter Ridsdale launched a staunch defence of his record in football after being unveiled as Preston’s new chairman.

The 59-year-old former Leeds and Cardiff boss left his role as acting chairman at Plymouth to work alongside owner Trevor Hemmings at Deepdale after Maurice Lindsay stepped down due to ill health, last week.

Despite guiding Argyle from administration to new ownership under James Brent, Ridsdale remains synonymous with Leeds.

There he oversaw an ambitious transfer policy that helped the Whites to the semi-finals of the Champions League, before huge debts took their toll and the club was relegated from the Premier League in the wake of his departure. I’m very proud and satisfied with my CV in football - I’ve been in football 24 years,” he said.

“In the five years I was at Leeds we were never outside the top five of the Premier League. It went sour after I left and I can’t affect things once I’ve left a football club.

“If you look at Cardiff City, I arrived with an antiquated Stadium and the club almost on the verge of administration and took it to an FA Cup final and a play-off final with a brand new stadium and new owners.

“This time last year, Plymouth Argyle probably had no future and today it’s got a new owner, it’s got no debt. So I’m not sitting here worried abut my past.”

Ridsdale said Preston, currently 14th in League One, were a club with “an incredible football heritage” and a “large and loyal supporter base.

Plymouth’s James Brent, chairman of football operations said: “Peter’s been a great asset to Argyle and he has helped save the club and helped start the rebuilding process.

“Personally, I’m totally aligned with his wish to move much closer to his family.

“It’s been a huge travelling distance for him between Plymouth and Lancashire where he lives. I wish him all the best.”