Preston Boss Grayson Talking With Sunderland
A statement on the Official Website has confirmed Preston have granted Simon Grayson permission to speak with Sunderland about the vacancy.
Grayson, previously non-moved on rumours surrounding Sunderland interest, yet failing to rule out a desire to speak to them if an approach was made, could replace former Preston boss David Moyes - himself linked with a 'shock' Deepdale return.
Sunderland, set to remain under the ownership of Ellis Short, after proposed sales of the club broke down, said he would 'continue his commitment, financially and personally' to the Black Cats, which look likely to see Grayson, 47, the latest to occupy the hot seat - quite literally - at the Stadium of Light.
Appointed at Deepdale in February 2013, Grayson led Preston to the Championship in 2015 via the League One play-offs. He's managed to secure back-to-back top-12 finishes in the second tier but is now poised to leave North End.
Preston confirmed the club had no option but to grant Sunderland permission to speak to Grayson, who wanted to hold talks with our Championship rivals, under the terms of an agreed compensation package in his contract.
This was the full statement issued by Preston on the Official Website:
'Preston North End have today been contacted by Sunderland Football Club to ask permission to speak to Simon Grayson in relation to their vacant managerial position.
'Having spoken to Simon, he has asked permission to speak to the Black Cats and therefore the club had no option but to allow these conversations to take place, with a compensation package already guaranteed in his contract.
'Whilst these talks are ongoing, Steve Thompson will be in charge of first team affairs.
The club will make no further comment at this stage.'
Having previously agreed a compensation package with Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes the Scot opted to remain with the Scottish Premier League side so could Grayson do the same?
Despite the stature of Sunderland, they are potentially a huge club, Preston, backing the boss again in the transfer market so far this summer, would seem the better long-term bet for Grayson but will he resist the lure? If doesn't seem so.