Preston North End Sack Graham Westley

Richard Smith by Richard Smith / 13 February 2013, 12:10

Preston North have parted company with Graham Westley after just over 12 months in charge of the Lancashire club. Westley, who was appointed PNE manager in January 2012 managed just 16 wins from his 62 games in 13 months at the helm was shown the door after the Lilywhites picked up just one win from their last 14 league games.

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After guiding the club to survival in his first few months, the former Stevenage manager was handed the task of rebuilding the Preston squad from scratch last Summer but following promises of 'winning football', the Deepdale faithful quickly realised that Westley's often controversial approach to management was not having the desired effect and they have been calling for the 44 year old's head for several weeks.

Westley leaves Preston just five points above the League One relegation zone and whoever comes in has a job on their hands to ensure the team stays up this season. Early names linked to the vacancy include former Preston fans favourite and current Wycombe Wanderers manager, Gareth Ainsworth, Fleetwood boss, Graham Alexander, who only left the coaching staff at Deepdale in December to take up his first full time managerial position and Gary Peters, the man who won promotion from the old Division Three with the club back in 1996.

More ambitions names include Owen Coyle, Nigel Adkins and Simon Grayson but much will depend on how much more money the club's millionaire owner, Trevor Hemmings, is willing to invest on getting the club back in to the Championship. Managerial merry-go-round regulars, Paul Ince, Paul Dickov, Iain Dowie, Paul Jewell and Steve Kean are also sure to throw their hats in to the ring for consideration.

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