Kevin Davies released from PNE due to budgetary restraints

2902281767_22e4710e2fBy Jack Wynne – Online Sports Editor

The 38-year-old striker has said goodbye to Preston North End after two years with the Lilywhites.

The ex-Bolton Wanderers man was reportedly in talks over a possible player-coach role at Deepdale but the club have decided they cannot afford to offer him a new deal.

A club statement said: “his contribution both on and off the pitch over the last two seasons has been outstanding.”

The club continued by commending his playing and leadership skills, insisting they were a major factor in helping North End regain their Championship status.

PNE have emphasized the decision not to renew Davies’ contract was purely due to budgetary constraints and believe he can still contribute if he chooses to go down that path.

North End concluded by offering their “sincere thanks” to Kevin as well as his family for all their contributions to the club.

Thompson and Grayson reunited

Meanwhile Steve Thompson has been named first team coach at Deepdale and will work alongside former colleague Simon Grayson – The pair were at Blackpool when they were promoted to the Championship.

Thompson, who used to play for Bolton Wanderers and Leicester City, takes over from John Dreyer, who has left North End.

The 50-year-old is excited to join up with the Deepdale club and is relishing working with his old boss – Grayson.

“I’ve been to the training ground and met all the staff and I am looking forward to meeting all of the players and getting back into action.”

“We have just got a good relationship. I’m not a ‘yes man’, he respects my opinion and hopefully we can be good together again.”

Manager’s comments

Simon Grayson was only too happy to welcome Thompson onto the coaching team and is excited about what he can bring.

“Once I saw that he had left Leeds and what an impact he had there, I thought it was a great opportunity.

“He’s a good coach, he’s always had a good rapport with the players that he’s worked with and he fits into my ethos of what I want from my staff.”

The man who Thompson replaced, John Dreyer has decided to part ways with the Lilywhites after three years at Deepdale.

A club statement said: “We would like to thank John for his hard work and efforts in the last three years and wish him the very best for the future.”

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