PNE boss will take time over loans

No rush: Simon Grayson
No rush: Simon Grayson
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Preston North End will make funds will be made available to Simon Grayson to make loan signings this season.

But the recently-appointed Preston manager does not envisage bringing in any new players ahead of the trip to Swindon Town this weekend.

Grayson is keen to evaluate his squad first before deciding whether any additions are required.

He met his new charges for the first time on Monday night and has spent the last few days on the training ground getting to know them.

Grayson said that the players who were on duty for last weekend’s superb 2-0 victory over title-chasing Bournemouth at Deepdale have done themselves no harm at all as they seek to remain in his immediate plans.

He said: “I’ve spoken to the owner and Peter Ridsdale and we are capable of bringing players in if we have to do.

“But that is not something that we will be doing immediately. It might be something we will do in a week or so.

“But the players did very well last weekend, so the decision-making for this weekend might be slightly easier than if we had lost.”

One man who will be aiding Grayson as he learns about his new players is John Dreyer.

Dreyer took charge of the first team in a caretaker capacity for the visit of Bournemouth and he will continue at Deepdale as part of the new manager’s backroom staff, alongside Glynn Snodin.

Grayson revealed he was keen to see Dreyer remain at the club when he entered into negotiations to become the club’s next manager.

“It was something which I wanted,” Grayson said. “It was important John stayed on.

“You need somebody who knows the club and knows the players.

“It would have been a bit cold for me and Glynn coming in and not knowing the players like John does. He knows what makes them tick – their good and bad points.

“He proved on Saturday, by getting a great result and performance, that he knows how to get the squad playing to its capabilities.

“John’s a good football man, he had a good career as a player and we are looking forward to working with him.

“I am sure he will enjoy working with me and Glynn.

“One thing he will have to do – which I know he will do – is work hard because that is one thing we do as a coaching staff. Hopefully we can all work well together to make sure we have a positive end to the season.”

One thing the win over the Cherries did was ease North End’s relegation worries slightly, as they moved eight points clear of the drop zone.

But Grayson, who like Graham Westley has agreed a contract which isn’t fixed term, is cautious about taking his new team’s League One status for granted.

He said: “You can never say you’re not in a relegation-zone battle when you see the position that we are in.

“You can’t say the team is too good to go down because we have seen good teams in the past go down.

“But the victory at the weekend has given the team a big boost.

“They showed what they are capable of against Bournemouth and they’ve certainly under-performed this season.”