PNE boss not a fan of TV razzmatazz

Simon Grayson comes under the spotlight from the TV cameras
Simon Grayson comes under the spotlight from the TV cameras
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Simon Grayson admits he is not a fan of the gimmicks which accompanied BT Sport’s live broadcast of Preston North End’s FA Cup victory over Havant and Waterlooville.

The Lilywhites boss refused permission for a camera to be placed in the PNE dressing room at Westleigh Park and would not be interviewed on the touchline during the game.

His one concession was to give a half-time interview as he walked across the pitch to the dressing room.

Hosts Havant had a camera in their dressing room, one which frustrated midfielder Brian Stock pushed to face the ceiling after his second-half red card.

Grayson said: “We were asked about a camera in the dressing room but I turned that request down – that is not my cup of tea as such.

“Havant has a camera in their dressing room and I saw that Brian Stock turned it off when he got sent-off.

“It is how football works these days to a certain degree but it wasn’t something I was encouraging or wanted to be part of.

“I’m sure every supporter would love to know what goes off in the dressing room but I don’t need that happening.

“What happens in a dressing room is pretty much just between the ones involved so I don’t need to be sharing it out.

“They even wanted to do an interview with me during the game which I certainly wasn’t going to do.

“I didn’t really want to do one at half-time either but I thought I would cut them a bit of slack so I did one when I was walking across the pitch.”

Grayson won’t have cameras following his every move when North End resume league action against Bradford City at Deepdale today. His full focus will be on the three points which are up for grabs.

The visit of the Bantams is likely to see a sixth successive start at centre-half for Paul Huntington.

He has come in from the cold to nail down a regular place over the last month.

Before that his last league start had come at the end of December.

Grayson is pleased with what the former Newcastle and Leeds man has had to offer.

Said Grayson: “People will always get a chance here and sometimes they have to be very patient.

“We offered Hunts, more out of courtesy than anything, the opportunity to go out on loan earlier in the season when he wasn’t getting a regular game.

“He got his head down and always said he would stay and fight for his opportunity, he felt confident in his ability.

“So far Hunts has done very well and has put his words into action on the pitch.

“He’s been very solid in the defence and a bonus is that he has scored a couple of goals.

“On Monday against Havant he got the assist for the first goal, that was a nice ball down the side for Callum Robinson to get on.

“It wasn’t the easy option for Hunts to decide to stay and fight for his place.

“No one would have blamed him had he looked to go on loan somewhere to get some games under his belt.

“Hopefully he can continue to play well and help us get to where we want to be.”