Ex-Norwich Boss Neil New Preston Favourite
Having been linked with Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs and England U21 boss Aidy Boothroyd the new Preston favourite to succeed Simon Grayson is now former Norwich chief Alex Neil.
The Lancashire Evening Post reports Neil, 36, was seen outside Deepdale with Preston owner Trevor Hemmings' advisor Peter Ridsdale.
Neil, who took Hamilton Academicals to the Scottish Premiership in his first season in charge and then guided Norwich into the Premier League via the Championship play-off final in May 2015, has been out of work since his sacking at Carrow Road in March.
Preston have suggested a shortlist is being drawn up to find a replacement for Grayson, ending his four year spell at North End to take charge of Sunderland last Thursday, with interviews getting underway this week.
Has Neil already has his? According to the LEP, the Scot is now 1/8 favourite.
Speaking about the former boss, a farewell message from Grayson was also released on the Official Website on Monday.
It started: 'The last 48 hours have been a bit of a whirlwind and unfortunately that meant I was unable to say thank you to a number of people associated with Preston North End. First of all I`d just like to say how much I enjoyed my four years at Deepdale. From day one I felt at home and I`ll never forgot the memories and relationships forged during a period I feel we can all be proud of.'
He went on to talk about various things and thanked the owner Hemmings and Ridsdale for their support. Grayson also had special thanks for the backing of the fans he received at Deepdale.
Concluding: 'Finally, to the fans. Nothing would have been possible without your truly immense backing. I can only say thank you for your support and wish you nothing but the best moving forward.
'Best wishes and thank you, Simon Grayson.'
Further to the Neil speculation, Sky Sports is reporting he HAS been interviewed about the vacancy at Deepdale.