Preston North End name Simon Grayson as new manager

Simon Grayson: Handed the reins at League One club Preston North End

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Preston North End have confirmed Simon Grayson as their new manager following Graham Westley's departure.

The 43-year-old was sacked by Huddersfield last month following a miserable start to life in the Championship but has secured a swift return to the game with the top job at Deepdale.

The club's official Twitter feed read: "PNE can confirm that Simon Grayson has joined as manager. Glynn Snodin and John Dreyer will make up the coaching set up."

Snodin was Grayson's assistant at both Leeds and Huddersfield while Dreyer was a Preston coach under Westley and oversaw a morale-boosting 2-0 win over League One leaders Bournemouth at the weekend.

Grayson appointed Preston manager

Grayson told Sky Sports: "I was desperate to get back into work. I proved that a year ago when I left Leeds - I was back in work within three weeks and I've done the same here. I just love working.

"I look at this football club and hopefully there are positive things ahead for us. It's got a great tradition and I'm really looking forward to working with the people here.

"It's a great fan base to have around. The team have underachieved a bit so far this year. Hopefully we can get the club going in the right direction because there are some good people working here who deserve better.

"We've just got to try and win as many games as possible between now and the end of the season. They showed at the weekend what a good team they are. Obviously we've got to build for next season.

"Every football club I've been to previously has been left in a better condition and hopefully this will be no different, that I'm here a long time and that I improve the club."

Grayson has a history of success in English football's third tier having guided both Blackpool and Leeds to the Championship. He was in charge at Bloomfield Road between 2005 and 2008 and at Elland Road between 2008 and 2012.

The former Aston Villa player now steps into the role left vacant by Westley's sacking last week - the 44-year-old paying the price for the Lilywhites languishing just five points above the relegation zone.