West Bromwich Albion beat Preston North End 4-1 on Saturday.
West Bromwich Albion got back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon, hammering Preston North End 4-1 at The Hawthorns, in a game which largely surrounded Alex Neil.
The Baggies had lost twice in a row, but were back to top form as Dwight Gayle scored twice in the first half, before Jay Rodriguez added a third prior to half time.
Gayle completed his hat-trick in the second half, before Preston grabbed a consolation through Callum Robinson, as North End were resigned to a fourth straight defeat.
Their playoff hopes are over, and whilst West Brom will now hope to regain some form, their win came against a manager the Baggies may be about to appoint.
The Daily Mail reported after the final whistle that, after days of speculation, West Brom are now set to launch a £750,000 bid to lure Preston boss Neil as their manager.
The 37-year-old Scot has been linked with the Baggies for days and even weeks now, but the rumours have really ramped up in recent days, which appeared to affect the Preston players.
Neil was non-committal about his future after the final whistle, and West Brom may well land the former Norwich boss in the coming days to head up their playoff campaign – four years since guiding Norwich into the Premier League through the playoffs.
However, West Brom fans blasted Neil for 'dross' football with Preston on Saturday, claiming they were 'shoddy' defensively and shouldn't be anywhere near the job after being hammered by James Shan's Baggies, slating the club's plan to land him despite trouncing him.
Just going to put it out there, not sure I want Alex Neil as #wba manager.— Ian Murphy (@ianmurphy89) April 13, 2019
TBF after watching the game today, I can c exactly why these #buffoons #Lai and #Jenkins are going for Alex Neil. #PNE had no pace, no ideas up front, no cutting edge, very ropey at the back, piss around from the keeper at the back. So just the job then lol!!!. #WBA— Ian Kendrick (@iankenny75) April 13, 2019
After todays game, appointing Alex Neil seems extremely odd. Seems to play the same as Darren Moore, same formation, passing it out from goal kicks and shoddy defending! #WBA— Dan. (@danielbowenn) April 13, 2019
It’s so Albion that we are allegedly about to appoint a manager that Albion have just given a pasting to! #wba— The Albion Fanatics (@AlbionFanatics) April 13, 2019
Spot on that We don't want Neil...He's an average manager at Best, got potted by Norwich after he brought them up to the premier League. But ALBION being ALBION we wouldn't expect anything less from our Mickey Mouse board!!!— Steve wba (@BaggieSteve26) April 13, 2019
We don't want Alex Neil.— Psalm 23 (@wba_tommo) April 13, 2019
Seriously does anyone want Neil on this display by PNE???? #wba— Mark (@DustpipeMark) April 13, 2019
As job interviews go this half wasn't great for Alex Neil #wba— Ross Wood (@Standaman60) April 13, 2019
Albion being 3-0 up at half time vs Preston, are they sure they want Alex Neil? #wba— Sam Parkes (@S_Parkesy2) April 13, 2019
Err. Now. About this idea of appointing Alex Neil... #wba— mrianthomas (@mrianthomas) April 13, 2019