Darren Ferguson is sacked as manager of Preston North End

Darren Ferguson is sacked as manager of Preston North EndPreston North End have sacked Darren Ferguson as their manager in what the club say is an attempt to maintain their Championship status as they are rooted to the bottom of the table, five points from safety.

A statement on the club website said: "At a board meeting held today the directors of Preston North End decided to terminate the position of Darren Ferguson as manager. The club expressed their appreciation of the efforts made by Darren but felt that the league position represented a significant threat to the club and it was felt that a change of manager might bring better fortune."

Phil Brown, who has emerged as strong favourite to replace Brian Laws after he was sacked today as Burnley manager, may also be of interest to Preston as the club's next manager.

Sam Allardyce, who lost his job in charge of Blackburn Rovers this month, is another potential option to replace Ferguson. He recently expressed a preference for continuing his managerial career in the Premier League but did not rule out taking over a Championship team.

Ferguson, who was only appointed at Preston in January, was sacked exactly a year ago from his previous job at Peterborough United when they too were bottom of the Championship.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Jamie Jackson, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 29th December 2010 17.58 Europe/London

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