Cork City striker Sean Maguire will be joining Preston North End next month, but it looks as though he won’t be playing under the manager that signed him.
Simon Grayson has built up something of an Irish contingent at Deepdale in the last couple of years, with Maguire set join with compatriots Daryl Horgan, Andy Boyle, Alan Browne, Greg Cunningham and Eoin Doyle (with Cork City teammate Kevin O’Connor also in the frame) at the Championship side.
However, news has broken, via official an official Preston statement that Grayson is succeeding David Moyes at the Stadium of Light.
Maguire’s deal has already been confirmed, but it does leave the 23-year-old striker in a slightly awkward position before he has even met his new teammates. Naturally, he will be assessed by the new manager like every other member of the squad but it remains to be seen if Grayson’s replacement will be as enthusiastic about giving chances to developing the Irish talents at his disposal in the way that Grayson himself was.
It also casts a bit of doubt on any deal involving O’Connor. The left-back was thought to be on his way to Preston with Maguire, though no deal has been officially confirmed yet. While it would be safe enough to assume that negotiations were at a relatively advanced stage, the fact that it is not 100% over the line means that speculation will be rife that the transfer might not go ahead until such as time as a deal is announced.
In any event, it is hardly an ideal scenario for Maguire (and probably O’Connor) as the young forward looks to make a big impact in his return to English football.