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Chris Kirchner confirms Garry Cook is Preston North End-bound if takeover goes through

Preston look set to be taken over by American businessman Chris Kirchner – and former Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook will be inbound.

Kirchner is closing in on a £40million takeover of North End having shown major interest over the last couple of months.

The CEO and co-founder of logistics company slync.io has been looking to buy a football club for some time now.

Kirchner’s first target was Derby County, but he pulled out of that race in December.

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Now fully focused on Preston, Kirchner seems far down the line with this move and has his main man already picked out.

Garry Cook has long been rumoured to be part of Kirchner’s team alongside agent Paul Stretford.

Cook and Stretford were involved in Kirchner’s Derby attempts and the same was expected at Preston.

Kirchner has now taken to Twitter to confirm that, whenever he buys a football club, it will indeed by Cook running the show.

Cook has experience in football having served as Manchester City’s chief executive initially under Thaksin Shinawatra and then in the early days of the current regime.

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Cook’s highlights include bringing Roberto Mancini to City whilst negotiating for a number of high-profile signings – and being involved in the famous Carlos Tevez ‘Welcome to Manchester’ billboard.

The Birmingham-born executive also had a huge role at Nike, working his way up to becoming head of the ‘Brand Jordan’ project.

That meant working closely with NBA superstar Michael Jordan whilst building one of the most iconic sports brands ever.

Cook has also been involved in the UFC, with his vast experience – especially in brand management – making him an exciting proposition for Preston.

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