Simon Grayson responds when asked about Aston Villa rumours, completely denies contact

Preston North End

Aston Villa-linked Simon Grayson says he intends to stay at Preston North End.

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson has told BBC Radio Lancashire that he has had no contact from Aston Villa about replacing Remi Garde.

Villa chose to move on from Frenchman Garde last month, less than five months since he replaced Tim Sherwood in the Villa Park dugout, with Villa still sitting bottom of the Premier League table.

15 points adrift with just five games to play, it's just a matter of time before Villa are relegated, and a full-scale overhaul of the club is imminent this summer, with a new manager needed first and foremost.

Intriguingly, BBC Sport reported earlier this week that Villa are considering a move for Preston boss Simon Grayson, alongside a host of other managers.

Grayson, 46, has earned a reputation as something of a promotion specialist having won promotion with every club he has managed; Blackpool, Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and now Preston.

A former Villa player during the 1990's, Grayson was twice signed by Villa advisor Brian Little, and his links to the club and major decision makers at Villa Park have put him right in contention for the job.

Now though, Grayson has told BBC Radio Lancashire that he hasn't had any contact from Villa about taking the job, and is keen to stay at Deepdale to finish off his project.

"I've had no contact, I'm just enjoying what I'm doing here," said Grayson. "When you get linked with jobs, it means you're doing something right at the football club that you're working at. I've got connections there at Aston Villa given that I played there and enjoyed my time there, but I'm certainly enjoying my time here as well, and I'll do whatever it takes to make this team as big as other teams that are in this division," he added.

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