Gaz among favourites for Preston job

Bucks Free Press: Graham Westley left Preston North End this morning Graham Westley left Preston North End this morning

WANDERERS boss Gareth Ainsworth is amongst the bookmakers' favourites to replace Graham Westley as Preston North End manager.

The former Stevenage chief stepped down after last night's 3-1 defeat by Yeovil Town left the freefalling Lilywhites just five points clear of the relegation zone.

Ainsworth has hero status at Deepdale after three spells as a player there and the bookies believe he's amongst the frontrunners to replace Westley after transforming Blues' fortunes.

Former Leeds and Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson is odds-on favourite to land the role but the odds on Ainsworth being handed the reins are as short as 4/1 with Bet Victor.

Wanderers chairman Don Woodward told the Bucks Free Press last week the club is in talks with Ainsworth about a new contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.

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