Reports have emerged stating that Preston North End consider appointing former Leeds, Brentford, Wigan, Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler.
Coach Frankie McAvoy has been put in interim charge after the sacking of Alex Neil with the club revealing that they have had just under 60 applicants for the job.
52 year old Rosler is coaching Fortuna Dusseldorf in Germany’s second division but his contract ends this summer and now it’s said that he’s a leading contender for the job at Deepdale.
The ex-Man City favourite has a good track record in English football having managed Brentford, Wigan, Leeds and Fleetwood and developed a reputation for playing attacking football with a solid defence.
He has also achieved success out in Norway and Sweden too but maintains strong connections in the North West.
Preston are to take on Swansea on Bank Holiday Monday as they look to finish the season on a high after falling to 17th in the Championship table.
As previously stated, they are willing to give McAvoy a run in charge before confirming their next manager.
Rosler’s broad experience and ability to work within a tight budget will stand him in good stead though as Preston assess their candidates at the end of the season.
UPDATED SKY BET ODDS:
Gareth Ainsworth – 2/1
Currently managing Wycombe Wanderers who are just eight points from safety in the Championship table, winning promotion from League One via the playoffs against Oxford last year.
He guided the Chairboys to League Two promotion by finishing 3rd in 2018/19. It has seen him linked with many jobs in the EFL as well as listed as a favourite, however he still remains at Adams Park.
He’s also been a former footballer most notably for Preston, Lincoln, Port Vale, Wimbledon, QPR and of course Wycombe.
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Nicky Butt – 5/2
46 year old Nicky Butt, an ex footballer, made a surprise exit from Old Trafford last week having been head of first-team development.
The Athletic claims Butt did not take kindly to John Murtough’s appointment as football director, a role he wanted to take up if given the chance.
Butt told the club’s official website: “Having come through the Academy myself to play almost 400 games for Manchester United, it has been an absolute privilege to come back and work with a new generation of talent making that same journey.
“I already know from my playing days how difficult it is to leave Manchester United.
“But it feels like the right moment for a new professional challenge.
“I look forward to exploring the opportunities that build on the great experiences I’ve had here over the past nine years.”
Roy Keane – 5/1
Celtic have opened talks with Roy Keane about becoming their new manager, Football Insider revealed in March 2020.
The 49 year old Irishman has not managed a team for 10 years but looked likely for the Parkhead hotseat, though that was until reports came out that Eddie Howe was in fact set to takeover.
Keane’s last managerial post ended in bitterness at Ipswich Town in 2011, following a more impressive spell at Sunderland.
He also had assistant manager posts with the Republic of Ireland, Aston Villa and, more recently, Nottingham Forest.
Frankie McAvoy – 8/1
Frankie McAvoy joined the Lilywhites staff in the summer of 2017, shortly after Alex Neil was appointed.
Frankie worked with him at both Hamilton and Norwich where he was a part of the successes the clubs enjoyed. He won promotion to the Scottish Premiership through a playoff final with Hamilton and again won a playoff as Norwich won promotion to the Premier League.
After being an academy coach, the Scot worked his way up the coaching structure at the Accies to first team coach, with a time as academy director. He spent a decade at the club before moving south of the border to the Canaries.
Two further years followed at Carrow Road before leaving alongside Alex Neil, who he joined at Preston. He described joining them as a ‘no-brainer’ and that he had to come to be a part of what was a new chapter for the club.
Joey Barton – 9/1
Joey Barton revealed a denial of any links with the vacant Preston North End job and once again reiterated his desire to stay with struggling League One outfit Bristol Rovers long-term and deliver on the promises he’s made.
Barton, from nowhere, leapt to the top of the betting for the manager’s job at Deepdale last Saturday in the wake of Rovers’ 1-0 defeat to Sunderland, and at one point the 38-year-old was odds-on for the role.
“It’s not April Fools’ is it?” Barton said, when asked about the Preston job.
“I’ve reiterated since I’ve been at the club, what we came to Rovers for,” Barton said. “Walking around the city, I see fans interacting saying, ‘Go on the Gas, get the lads going’.
“For me as a football man, that’s important to have that support.
“The job that is in front of us has been tough, it hasn’t been easy, don’t get me wrong. But we always took on the project of what the football club could be within the city and nothing for me has changed.
“Look, I know Peter Ridsdale and Preston is a fantastic club but Bristol Rovers is everything I need at this moment on my coaching journey.”
Grant McCann – 11/1
Hull City manager Grant McCann has refuted claims he is interested in the vacant managerial role at Preston.
McCann, who is intending to guide Hull to an immediate return from League One, was installed as a bookmakers favourite earlier in the week but those rumours have since diminished and now the Tigers boss had his say on the recent speculation.
Asked whether there was any substance to a potential exit, McCann replied: “No.
“Absolutely no idea. I’ve got no interest in speaking about speculation. I’m very happy here.
“I’m here to speak about the game at the weekend and things like that, but all that speculation stuff doesn’t concern me whatsoever.”
A head coach would be the preferred option for North End moving forward, which would make McCann an ideal appointment given his current role at Hull and his previous position at Doncaster Rovers.
Fans reacted as Preston consider appointing former Leeds, Brentford, Wigan, Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler…
@0161ppr: No thanks 🤢 🤢 🤢 🤢
@597_wjej: A part of me would really love this.
@Big_Soup_: Wasn’t Rosler in contention for the job a few years ago? Maybe around the time Grayson came in?!
@George_ngL: Fuck me they must be desperate
@TomHarrisonLaw: He was linked before Neil was appointed I believe. His stock has fallen in recent years but was very high when he was at Brentford and then Wigan. At this point we’ve tried everything else so why not?
@danholling: Hahhahahahaha league 1 pending. Joke of a club.
@JeffAlbiston: Not sure if this would be the ideal candidate to took over PNE. 😟😟
@andy_nichol: Poor fella
@caldwellrowan29: I am now a Preston supporter
@nadir_guzdarr: He looks like Howard Webb
GreenRifleman: A great player, and has done really well on his management journey so far. The best of luck Uwe..
— Nick Mahon (@NickPNE) April 4, 2021