The Mirror reports that England Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd is in the running for the vacancy at Sky Bet Championship side Preston North End. The Deepdale club are on the lookout for a replacement to Simon Grayson, who was appointed to the job at Sunderland recently.

Boothroyd has been involved with the Football Association since 2014, managing the Under-19, Under-20 and now the Under-21 squads. His last spell in club management came in 2013 when taking charge of Northampton Town.

With Sky Bet, the current favourite for the job is former Norwich City manager Alex Neil. He is now a shade of odds on, with the likes of Uwe Rosler, Ryan Giggs and ex-Preston legends David Moyes and Graham Alexander at bigger prices too.

It remains to be seen if Boothroyd will be tempted by a return to club football at this stage, especially given the closeness of the England Under-21 side being to the top of the game at that level. Speaking recently he has spoken of the desire to get the Under-21 side to reach the levels that reining champions Germany are at. The Germans defeated their English counterparts on a penalty shootout in the semi-final.

46-year-old Boothroyd therefore may not necessarily be a serious contender for the job, certainly not at this stage. He seems quite comfortable in his job with the FA, and the hustle and bustle of the Championship, where the average job duration isn’t too appealing, may not be for him. Still, time will tell on that front.


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