Preston chairman Maurice Lindsay is confident boss Phil Brown will lead Preston to better days after relegation to League One was confirmed following a 1-0 home defeat to Cardiff.
Results did improve following the appointment of Brown in January, but he was unable to steer them clear of trouble.
Lindsay insists former Hull City boss Brown is capable of leading a promotion push.
"The team went down fighting and they've been fighting for many weeks," he said.
"It's been on the cards for quite some time now.
"It's been slowly sinking in that the club needed to rebuild. The signing of Phil Brown is fantastic.
"In League One, we would have the basis of a new Preston North End team. We've just run out of games."