Preston’s search for a new boss has started having parted ways with Alex Neil on Sunday afternoon.
North End are looking for a new face in the dugout for the first time since Neil replaced Grayson back in the summer of 2017.
One of the names being discusses is that of Gareth Ainsworth, who has worked wonders in charge of Wycombe Wanderers.
Ainsworth has remarkably guided Wycombe to the Championship for the first time in their history, despite having a budget that was one of the smallest in League One.
Yes, the Chairboys are heading towards relegation, but Ainsworth has made Wycombe fans dream – and he’s had the better of Preston this season.
Ainsworth was unlucky to only claim a 2-2 draw at Deepdale earlier this term, and has since beating Preston twice at Adams Park; once in the FA Cup and once in the Championship.
Earlier this week, Ainsworth pleaded ‘no comment’ when asked about becoming Preston manager, which would be quite the emotional switch having enjoyed three spells at Deepdale as a player.
Fans have been discussing those comments, with some believing that Ainsworth is the kind of character to galvanise the club and truly care about Preston.
Others aren’t convinced by Ainsworth’s attritional style of play at Wycombe, believing that he wouldn’t exactly be an improvement on Neil despite possibly wanting the job.