Preston parted ways with Alex Neil last month, meaning the search for a new manager is on.
Neil lost his job after a poor run of form, and his long-time aide Frankie McAvoy has been placed as interim head coach until the end of the season.
North End have been linked with a host of managers; Uwe Rosler and Gareth Ainsworth are two of the key names in the mix.
Another name suggested is Nicky Butt, especially given that he let his role as Manchester United’s head of first-team development last month.
One source has suggested to us that Butt has indeed applied for the Preston job as he potentially looks to become a senior manager.
Butt, 46, is a Manchester United legend; almost 400 appearances for the club as a player, and then almost two years in his developmental role.
Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe and Shola Shoretire have all played first-team football for United, with Butt serving a key role in their development.
Now, Peterborough United’s Barry Fry has told Football League World that he thinks Butt would be ‘ideal’ for Preston, believing he has the links to help North End’s recruitment this summer with a huge overhaul anticipated.
“I think a lot of players will be leaving Preston,” said Fry. “So I think Nicky Butt, who’s been helping United in recruitment for the last nine years, would be an ideal guy to go in there and recruit the type of players that will put Preston North End challenging for honours. That’s my personal opinion,” he added.