Outside of Louis Moult’s 2018 move, you wouldn’t really draw all that many links between Motherwell and Preston North End.

Sure, Chris Humphrey joined from Well in 2013, Liam Grimshaw is up there now and Billy Davies was Motherwell boss years before taking charge at Preston, but there aren’t too many other links.

When it comes to their current managerial situation, there are suddenly many ties to Preston – and it starts with a departure.

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Stephen Robinson resigned as Motherwell boss last week, bringing an end to almost four years in charge at Fir Park.

Some may remember Robinson from his 2000 move to North End; he was seen as an exciting signing when he joined from Bournemouth, but he played just 29 games for Preston.

So who could replace the Northern Irishman? Bizarrely, the race for the job appears to be coming down to two ex-Preston men.

The Scottish Sun report that Graham Alexander and Simon Grayson have both been interviewed for the role, and an appointment could come within the next 24 hours.

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Alexander was a Preston hero in his playing days with more than 420 appearances for the club, and even scored a dramatic goal against Charlton Athletic with the final kick of his career in 2012.

The former Scotland international is out of a job after recently losing his job at Salford City, and could end up replacing former North End teammate Robinson at Motherwell.

Grayson was in charge of North End between 2013 and 2017, leading the club to promotion from League in 2015 and then re-establishing Preston as a Championship side before leaving for Sunderland.

He hasn’t quite enjoyed as much success elsewhere, and may see Motherwell as a chance to get his career back on track. Either way, it looks like another ex-Preston man will be replacing Robinson in the coming hours.

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