Preston chairman Peter Ridsdale has defended the decision to sack Phil Brown after less than a year in charge – insisting his record as Deepdale boss was not good enough.
Brown has claimed he should have been given more time, while a number of players have also expressed their dismay at the axing.
But, with Preston sitting 10th in League One after their relegation from the Championship last season, having won just one of their last 16 games, Ridsdale says the club had no choice but to act.
"One out of 16 wins with a wage bill that is one of the highest in the division is not what we expect from a football manager," he told talkSPORT. "It is not acceptable.
“Preston North End were last year in the Championship. We appointed a manager hoping we would be able to maintain Championship status. That didn’t happen.
“Clearly with the size of the wage bill and the size of the squad we hoped to be up there competing and, having had a promising start, the last 16 games in all competitions we’ve had one victory and managers are very well paid individuals to win football matches."
David Unsworth and Graham Alexander have been placed in temporary charge of first-team affairs and Ridsdale has admitted the duo could get the job full-time if they impress.
“I’m comfortable it’s a football club that's very attractive to a number of very talented managers, as well as of course Graham Alexander and David Unsworth, who have also got aspirations at some stage to be managers,” he said. “They’ve got their opportunity starting Saturday at Milton Keynes Dons.”