Preston appoint boss

Last updated : 19 March 2002 By Tony Scholes

O'Hanlon took over on a caretaker basis when David Moyes walked out last week and was in charge in the capacity on Sunday evening when the Clarets beat them at the Turf. With all sorts of speculation as to who might take over the Preston board have acted quickly and given O'Hanlon the job on a sort of permanent basis.

The ‘sort of' means that he is no longer caretaker and it means Preston will not, for now, be looking to appoint anyone else but that is only until the end of the season. They will stick with the present coaching staff until then before making a full time permanent appointment.

Preston's Chief Executive Tony Scholes, how on earth did they ever appoint someone with such a name, issued the following statement:

"It was always our intention to review the manager's job once we had the Burnley game out of the way. Kelham has been doing a very good job as David's assistant over the years and we have every confidence that he is the right man to take us through until the end of the season.

"Continuity is a vital element of our success over the years and it is a decision that removes all the uncertainty surrounding the position.

"There has been considerable press and media speculations as to who might follow David Moyes as our manager. We have already received unsolicited applications from a host of high profile names, some in jobs at present and others looking for a job.

"We did not want any uncertainty to upset the players or the rest of the football club. We can now concentrate on trying for a play-off spot and then planning for next year.

"Kelham has a very good track record and along with Jimmy Lumsden as first team coach, I expect Kelham to be a leading contender to fill the managers' post full-time when we make that decision in the close season."