Stevenage have confirmed an approach from Preston to speak to manager Graham Westley concerning the current vacancy at Deepdale.
Earlier on Monday morning, North End chairman Peter Ridsdale admitted the club had approached another manager currently in work to fill the vacancy created by Phil Brown's sacking last month.
A statement on Stevenage's official website, stevenagefc.com, revealed Westley was the man in question and suggested the 43-year-old will have the final say on his future.
"Stevenage FC confirm that Preston North End FC have asked for permission to speak to Graham Westley with the view to employing him as their new manager," it read.
"The club have informed Preston that their approach is unwelcome at the crucial stage of the season. However, as always in these situations, the manager's desire will influence the outcome."
Reports on Sunday suggested caretaker manager duo Graham Alexander and David Unsworth had been handed the reins on a permanent basis at Preston, but Ridsdale moved to dismiss this by confirming the latest developments.
"We have approached another football club for permission to speak to their manager," he said in a statement on pnefc.net
"I've spoken to that club's chairman and we're now waiting for permission to be granted."
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