Former Norwich City boss Alex Neil is ‘close’ to being named the next manager of Preston North End, according to the Lancashire Evening Post. The Scot was spotted at Deepdale yesterday, which is when he held his interview for the vacancy.

The 36-year-old has been out of work since being relieved of his duties at Carrow Road back in March. In a relatively short management career, he already has two promotions on his CV. This came with Norwich in 2015 via the Championship play-offs, whilst he guided Hamilton Academical into the top flight a year earlier.

Despite the fact this may seem like a done deal to many, sources close to the club say that this is all part of an ‘ongoing process’, and that no official confirmation is likely just yet. It remains to be seen who else is to be interviewed for the role with the second tier club. England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd is another to have been linked to the job. Uwe Rosler, David Moyes and Graham Alexander have all been touted with the role too. Steve Thompson is the current caretaker after Grayson’s sudden departure.

The club are hoping to have their man in place later this week, to allow him to get into pre-season at full swing. Preston have their first friendly of pre-season on Friday versus non-league Bamber Bridge, before heading over to Ireland for a training camp. Neil would inherit a Preston squad which finished last season in 11th place in the Sky Bet Championship league standings.

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