Stevenage have confirmed Preston North End have asked permission to speak to Graham Westley about becoming the new manager at Deepdale.
The Evening Post revealed earlier on Monday that PNE chairman Peter Ridsdale had been in contact with the Hertfordshire club over the weekend after making 43-year-old Westley their No.1 target to replace Phil Brown who was sacked last month.
A statement on Boro’s official website said: “Stevenage confirm that Preston North End have asked for permission to speak to Graham Westley with the view to employing him as their new manager.
“The club have informed Preston that their approach is unwelcome at this crucial stage of the season.
“However, as always in these situations, the manager’s desire will influence the outcome.”