By Ian Dennis
BBC Radio 5 Dwell senior soccer reporter
Stoke Metropolis had been refused permission by Championship rivals Preston North Conclude to talk to boss Alex Neil about their managerial emptiness.
The 38-one year-outdated signed a model recent three-one 12 months deal in April to complete speculation linking him with West Bromwich Albion.
Preston, in the intervening time third inside the desk, talked about in a direct they’d reported Stoke to the English Soccer League for an alleged illegal method.
The struggling Potters sacked Nathan Jones as supervisor on Friday.
North Conclude added that “there are actually no circumstances beneath which Stoke Metropolis can be given permission to grunt to Alex Neil”.
Stoke received attractive six of 38 video video games beneath Jones and, regardless of wait on-to-wait on victories in mid-October, excellent Saturday’s defeat by Millwall left the Potters 4 factors adrift of security.
They face excessive-flying West Brom on Monday, with Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy taking value of the primary staff whereas a model recent supervisor is sought “as with out remember as a result of it is seemingly you may imagine”.
Used Hamilton Academical and Norwich Metropolis boss Neil has been with Preston since 2017, guiding them to 14th excellent season having at one stage been in competition for a play-off insist.
The Lilywhites once more accumulate themselves inside the promotion combine in 2019-20, dropping attractive as quickly as inside the league since August.
Preston may stroll excessive of the Championship inside the event that they beat Charlton Athletic on Sunday.