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Preston manager target Uwe Rosler played a huge role in Ben Davies's rise before Liverpool deal

Preston are searching for a new manager for the first time in almost four years.

Alex Neil’s departure last month leaves North End with a big hole to fill, but an appointment may only come in the summer, when the season is over.

Frankie McAvoy is doing a fine job as interim head coach, but a host of names have been linked with the job on a full-time basis.

One of them is Uwe Rosler, with the Daily Mail claiming that the Fortuna Dusseldorf boss is in the running for the job.

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We understand Preston admired Rosler in the summer of 2017 after doing sterling work at Fleetwood Town, but the vacancy following Simon Grayson’s exit went to Neil.

Rosler’s work at Fleetwood was impossible to ignore, especially because he played such a key role in the development of defender Ben Davies.

Preston sent Davies on loan to Fleetwood to work under Rosler, and that was the making of him; he went from a miscast left back to a shining left-sided centre back.

Davies then became a star at Preston and made a big January move to Liverpool, with Rosler making comments about Davies at the time of his transfer.

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Rosler admitted to The Telegraph that he tried to sign Davies for Fortuna Dusseldorf last summer, and predicted that he will ultimately surprise people at Liverpool.

“I am not surprised. I was surprised nobody took him before,” said Rosler. “I tried to sign him last summer. I have always liked and admired him and I am delighted he has developed into a player who has a chance at the highest level. He will surprise people. I am pretty sure about that,” he added.

Rosler’s work with Davies will make him a strong candidate for Preston, with the hope that he can develop other homegrown talents in the same way.

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