Peter Ridsdale appointed director of Preston North End company

Preston North End have confirmed the appointment of Peter Ridsdale as the club’s new manager.

Ridsdale previously worked under the title of Owners’ Representative, a position he has held since 2012 after stepping down as chairman.

His appointment comes after the disqualification from the directorship of Ridsdale, received in 2012, expired.

The 69-year-old was disqualified from acting as a business director for seven-and-a-half years after his sports consultancy firm collapsed in 2009, owing £442,353 in tax.

An investigation found evidence that Ridsdale was routing payments from football clubs to his personal bank account instead of a company account. The ban was the consequence of an investigation by the Insolvency Service and was unrelated to his footballing duties as chairman of various clubs.

The disqualification prevented Mr. Ridsdale from acting as a director, but also from participating – directly or indirectly – in the promotion, incorporation or management of a company.

This ban expired in April 2020 and Ridsdale has now been confirmed as North End manager, signed by owner Trevor Hemmings and published on the Companies House website.

His appointment is likely to give Ridsdale greater authority, but the title change is unlikely to impact the club’s current hierarchy.