PNE boss nominated for award

Preston North End's Manager Simon Grayson
Preston North End's Manager Simon Grayson
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Preston North End boss Simon Grayson today received his third Manager of the Month nomination of the season.

The 44-year-old is up against Nigel Clough, Steve Evans and Kenny Jackett for League One’s February award, with the winner being revealed on Friday.

Grayson won the September award after North End recorded four victories on the bounce that month.

He also made the shortlist for November’s honour but missed out to Brentford’s then boss Uwe Rosler.

Who gets the February gong will be a tightly-run contest for the five-man judging panel to decide.

PNE were unbeaten in league action last month, with three wins and three draws seeing Grayson nominated.

They recorded back-to-back victories over Notts County and Tranmere, drew against Leyton Orient and MK Dons, beat Colchester and finished February with last week’s 3-3 draw with Rotherham.

Clough stands a strong chance, February having seen him guide the Blades out of relegation danger and into mid-table with four wins in five matches.

His side also beat Fulham and Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, although the award is based on league form.

Rotherham took 10 points from an available 12 last month to put Evans in the running.

They won four on the bounce before drawing with North End, scoring 11 goals.

Leaders Wolves had a quiet February in comparison to most other teams, but won all three games they played and did not concede a goal.

North End supporters would not lose too much sleep if the award did not go to Grayson.

When he won it in the autumn, North End lost their next three games.

The judging panel includes former Wimbledon, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace manager Dave Bassett, Sky Sports commentator Don Goodman and the Football League’s chief operating officer Andy Williamson.

Grayson’s focus will be fixed firmly in front of him this week rather than looking back at February.

North End kicked-off March with Saturday’s 2-1 win over Walsall, and now they hit the road for two games.

This weekend they make the short journey to Oldham, then head to Stevenage next Tuesday night.

Cut-price travel is available for the Oldham game, with seats on the official coaches costing £5.

PNE have an allocation of 4,600 at Boundary Park, priced £20 adults, £10 Over-65s and Under-16s, and £5 Under-12s.

Meanwhile, the Preston Supporters Group are holding a players awards night later in the season.

It takes place at Preston Grasshoppers on Saturday, April 12, starting at 7.30pm.

Grayson and all the PNE squad will be in attendance, with tickets costing £10.