Preston have announced that Alex Neil will take over as manager of the club with immediate effect.

Neil has signed a twelve month rolling contract at Deepdale following the departure of Simon Grayson who on Thursday was appointed as the new Sunderland manager.

He was spotted being shown around Deepdale by chairman Peter Ridsdale on Monday afternoon and the odds on the manager filling the vacancy were slashed to 1/20.

Alex Neil has been out of a job since March this year when he was sacked by Norwich City following a run of poor form.

Despite his time at Carrow Road ending on a sour note, Neil did enjoy very positive times in East Anglia where it was under his reign that the Canaries were promoted up to the Premier League.

He will now take over a Preston squad who have been built by former boss Grayson in exactly the right way with young, hungry and promising being characteristics of many players.

Promotion to the Premier League is the overall goal for the Whites despite having one of the division’s lowest budgets, but everybody connected with the club will be hoping that Neil can be the man to take the club to where it arguably deserves to be.