Speaking on the Ray Stubbs Show on talkSPORT 2, Preston North End manager Simon Grayson insists that he is ‘fully committed’ to his current job. He is the favourite to succeed David Moyes at the Stadium of Light as the next Sunderland manager.

The Black Cats were thwarted in their attempts to lure Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes to the club, turning them down to remain with the Ladbrokes Premiership club. This led to Grayson’s name being heavily mentioned to the vacancy again, but Grayson was quick to dampen any serious talk linking him with the job.

Grayson concedes there is very little he can go to media speculation surrounding his job or others, but he insists all of his focus right now is preparing for the new Sky Bet Championship season at Deepdale,

“I don’t consider it (the speculation) whatsoever until someone says something different, whether it’s Sunderland or any other job.

“We’ve had a good couple of years in the Championship (at Preston) and we want to keep improving. We were on the periphery of the play-offs last season and just ran out of steam in the back end of the season.

“I’ve been there just over four years now and really enjoyed my time. You just get on and do what you do and I’m focused on trying to get things right at Preston.

“I’m fully committed to Preston and, if anything changes along the way, that’s just football.”

Although he didn’t completely shut the door on a move to Sunderland, it would be fair to say that there has been no official approach from them to Preston at this stage. It remains to be seen if anything will materialise. The likes of Kevin Phillips and Nigel Pearson have also been linked with the job too.

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