Facing PNE can seriously damage a manager’s employment!

Neil Lennon (right) and Simon Grayson on the touchline at the Macron Stadium on Saturday
Neil Lennon (right) and Simon Grayson on the touchline at the Macron Stadium on Saturday
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Playing Preston North End is turning into an uncomfortable experience for managers in the Championship.

Five clubs have chosen to part company with their manager or head coach within a short time of facing the Lilywhites this season.

Bolton Wanderers became the latest when Neil Lennon left his post on Tuesday afternoon, his last game in charge being PNE’s 2-1 win at the Macron Stadium on Saturday.

Last month, Derby sacked head coach Paul Clement six days after their goalless draw with North End.

In January, Steve Cotterill’s last match in charge of Bristol City was their 2-1 defeat to PNE at Ashton Gate.

PNE’s 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic at The Valley proved to be the penultimate game in charge of the Addicks for Guy Luzon.

On Sunday, Dougie Freedman was dismissed by Nottingham Forest, that coming five days after Preston’s 1-0 defeat to Forest at the City Ground.

Thirteen clubs in the Championship have changed managers this season, with the average length of stay dropping all the time.

Of the 11 managers who remain in post, 10 are at clubs in the top 12.