PNE dismiss Grayson Donny rumours

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Preston North End have dismissed rumours linking Simon Grayson with the managerial vacancy at Doncaster Rovers.

The North End boss entered the betting for the Donny job over the weekend after his name was mentioned on social networking site Twitter.

But PNE say there has been no contact from the League One champions and that Grayson is happy at Deepdale.

Former Oldham boss Paul Dickov and Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Terry Butcher seem to be the leading contenders for the Doncaster post.

The link with Grayson seems little more than rumour after the strong start he made to life in the Preston hot-seat.

North End picked up 21 points from his 14 games in charge, fighting off the threat of relegation and climbing into a comfortable 14th-place finish.

The Doncaster vacancy arose late last week after Brian Flynn stepped down as manager.

He guided the Keepmoat Stadium side to the League One title after taking the job in January following Dean Saunders’ departure to Wolves.

Previously, Flynn had held the position of director of football at Donny, and it is that role he is going back to after their promotion to the Championship.

North End’s planning for next season with Grayson at the helm is well under way.

They are meeting Thorsten Stuckmann’s agent tomorrow to discuss the contract offer they have made to him.

Grayson has identified his targets for the new campaign, with a right-back, winger and centre-forward a priority, as well as trying to bring back Norwich keeper Declan Rudd for a second spell on loan.

In terms of permanent 
signings, North End will not necessarily limit themselves to the Bosman market.

Meanwhile, a number of local schoolchildren will be getting the chance to play at Deepdale in the next couple of weeks.

The stadium is staging both the Preston Schools’ and Lancashire District finals.

PNE general manager Ben Rhodes said: “We normally host the Preston Schools’ Finals and will do so again.

“We were also approached by Lancashire Schools, who were finding it difficult getting a venue, either through cost or unavailability.

“We were happy to assist and it will be nice for children to get the chance to play at a professional stadium.

“Once we’ve staged the finals and some corporate games, the pitch is coming up on May 20 and being given a total overhaul.

“Our groundstaff will be the only people this summer 
wanting alternate days of sun and rain to help it grow!

“At the moment the pitch is looking the best it has done for quite a while but obviously it needs work doing on it.

“Work on the training ground pitches has been under way for some time now.

“Two of the pitches came up well before the end of the season, while work on the third started after the Tranmere game last month.

“They will be ready for use well before pre-season training starts in late June.”