Preston fans weren’t too impressed by their Newcastle United experience.

Last season saw Newcastle clinch promotion with a 4-1 home win in April, which followed an earlier 6-0 drubbing of the Lancashire club in the League Cup earlier in the season.

Only days after that league cup annihilation, Newcastle won 2-1 in the Championship at Preston, with the home fans unhappy on a number of fronts.

The Preston fans claiming that their team had been far better on the day than their visitors, plus despite a sold out allocation of 5,600 tickets, at least a couple of thousand Newcastle fans had also infiltrated all sections of the home stands.

Simon Grayson of course was in charge of Preston back then and returns for the first time after deserting in the summer, Sunderland getting really desperate after even being turned down by the boss of a Scottish pub league side.

The home sections are most unlikely to be overwhelmed by mackems today…so all eyes will be on the pitch.

Sunderland travel to the game in second bottom place of the table, whilst Preston could potentially go second top if they win.

Preston fans have had plenty to say and not much sympathy as their former boss returns…

Preston fans comment via their top PNE-Online message board:

‘Simon Grayson is a league one manager at best imo, defensive tactics only go so far in a league with a lot of attacking talent.

He should leave now if he wants any chance of salvaging his reputation.

Go down into league one and bring another club up, that’s his one useful purpose as a manager. Nobody wants a relegation on their CV.’

‘Tough decision to leave Simon Grayson said? He was off like a shot!!’

‘Simon Grayson certainly knows what to say to wind us fans up doesn’t he.

We’ve been playing attacking football and conceded barely any goals. It’s been a complete revelation since the new manager came in.

And if Grayson knew how talented the squad was when he left, why didn’t he try doing something other than defending a 0-0 every game as the number one priority and maybe nick a goal here or there.’

‘He’s right he did leave us with a talented squad. He just didn’t know how to get the best out of them.’

‘It’s the comments of a guy facing the sack who needs to remind potential future employers of his abilities.’

‘What people are getting at here, is that he is seemingly taking all the plaudits for our current position. When in reality, it has nothing to do with him.’

‘After we got promoted by beating Swindon I would have happily sacked Grayson there and then and thanked him for doing what he was good at: getting teams out of League One.

Albeit in one of the most miserably negative and dour fashions known to man.’

‘Grayson is a good manager in terms of results, pragmatism and possesses an inoffensive if bumbling and dull bonhomie. I will forever respect what he did for us, just not particularly how he did it.

The games under Neil have been a breath of fresh air (Rotherham apart). Long may it continue, whilst Sunderland fans complain about playing 5 at the back at home, making negative substitutions and playing rubbish football.

We may not get the right result on Saturday, but Grayson made his bed, went for the money, tried to poach some of our better players by tapping them up and is now claiming credit when it is only partially due. I’ll politely applaud him pre-match and hope his misery continues.’

‘If there has been a pattern to Grayson’s career it is that his teams have some pretty horrific down turns in form. He was sacked at Huddersfield for it, he has numerous bad runs with us and it is happening again at Sunderland.’

‘Reality is it was his decision to leave PNE for a club which he thought had more potential, bigger fan base etc.

It’s like a divorce, he left us, much as I appreciate what he did and that amazing day at Wembley he has still rejected my football club and I for another, which actually does leave a slightly bitter taste in the mouth.

In doing so greed and impeccably bad timing have shown up in his character, the greed bit I can understand, but his jumping in with both feet show that he was unprepared.

And being unprepared leads me onto the information I get from people involved in the club that our pre match preparation is now miles in front of anything that used to happen under SG.’