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Sunderland: Simon Grayson set for manager talks as takeover discussions end

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Sunderland have been granted permission to speak to Preston North End boss Simon Grayson about their managerial vacancy, and have also confirmed that the proposed sale of the club is off.The Black Cats say owner Ellis Short will “continue his commitment, financially and personally”, after talks with a German consortium ended.Sunderland are looking for a new manager to replace David Moyes.

The Scot resigned in May after the club’s relegation from the top flight.Sunderland said earlier in June that their search for a new manager was on hold while talks over a potential sale of the club were ongoing.Preston said in a statement that, after contact from Sunderland, 47-year-old Grayson asked to speak to the north-east club and that a compensation package is already guaranteed in his contract.Grayson was appointed Preston boss in February 2013 and led North End to promotion from League One via the play-offs in 2015.The former Leeds and Huddersfield boss has led Preston to back-to-back 11th-placed finishes in the Championship in the past two seasons.He is the 10th longest-serving manager among the 92 clubs in the Premier League and EFL, and second-longest – behind Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy – in the Championship.
Source: BBC Tyne and Wear