PNE Seek New Boss After Grayson Sunderland Switch
Sunderland approached Preston for Simon Grayson on Thursday, come the evening he accepted the job, adding Preston to his ex-clubs along with Blackpool, Leeds and Huddersfield.
This statement was issued on the Official Website:
' Preston North End can confirm they have been informed by Sunderland Football Club that Simon Grayson has agreed to take up the vacant manager`s position at the Stadium of Light.
'Simon will be joined at the Black Cats by his assistant at Deepdale Glynn Snodin, with the Wearside club paying the contracted compensation for both men to the Lilywhites.
'The club would like to place on record its thanks to Simon and Glynn for their hard work and service over the past four years, taking the team back into the Championship and then leading them to two top half finishes.
'The club will now begin the search for a new manager to take the club forward and achieve its stated ambition of getting to the Premier League.
'Current first team coach Steve Thompson will continue to look after first team affairs whilst this process in undertaken.'
Grayson has signed a three year deal at Sunderland after they met the contracted compensation fee wanted - thought to be £750,000, according to the BBC.
When speculation surfaced of Sunderland interest in Grayson, 47, which came about after first choice Derek McInnes remained at Aberdeen after talks, he wouldn't be drawn on the rumours but clearly left the door open for an approach as the Black Cats weren't ruled out.
Interest in a switch to Wearside must have been in Grayson's mind or this move wouldn't have happened as quickly as it did on Thursday, would it? Disappointing, especially given the fact Preston continued to back him during the summer transfer window.
Yes, the new players such as Manchester United's Josh Harrop, most recently, came to Deepdale to play for Preston North End Football Club but Grayson had shown this interest and convinced them North End was the right place to be.
Obviously the loss of Grayson - replacing a former Preston boss David Moyes - and his assistant Glynn Snodin is a blow to North End that wouldn't have been expected, albeit a worry after the speculation, but it is what it is and the Lilywhites will move on.
Most, in time, if not initially, Preston fans will thank Grayson and Snodin for their efforts since the arrivals in 2013 and wish the former management team well at the Stadium of Light.