Preston boss Simon Grayson favourite for Sunderland job following Derek McInnes rejectionby Jack Kitson / 16 June 2017, 09:29Tweet
Sunderland suffered a shock set back in their pursuit of a new manager after Derek McInnes opted to stay in Scotland with Aberdeen.
After The Dons reluctantly granted the Blacks Cats permission to speak to their boss, McIness was then widely expected to put pen to paper and move south of the border, however in a surprise turn of events he's remaining loyal to the Pittodrie outfit.
Sunderland, who will be playing Championship football next season, will now have to look elsewhere for David Moyes' replacement, and it's Preston gaffer Simon Grayson who leads the way at 6/4 in the betting.
Earlier in the month Grayson was a 2/1 shot for the post, but this week he drifted out to 18/1 as all fingers pointed to McInnes landing the North East vacancy.
Grayson has been in charge of Preston since 2013, leading the club into the Championship in 2015, before securing back-to-back 11th place finishes.
Prior to his tenure at the Lilywhites the 47-year-old managed Huddersfield, Leeds and Blackpool, but he could now be venturing even further north to Sunderland.
Elsewhere, Nigel Pearson is also back in the frame, as is Kevin Phillips, while Billy Davies, Ally McCoist and Paul Lambert also feature.