Preston manager hoping for major FA Cup upset.
Preston North End manager Simon Grayson believes the club beating Manchester United in the FA Cup would be bigger than winning the Grand National for their own Trevor Hemmings, the Daily Mirror reports.
Hemmings, the owner of a number of champion racehorses, has been an influential figure since taking over Preston, and Grayson has heaped praise on his work for the club.
Still, the manager also feels a win against United would surely rank as one of Hemmings’ finest moments.
“I think horseracing has always been Mr Hemmings’ first love, but since I came to work for him two years ago I think he’s spent more time watching football than at the races,” Grayson said.
“He’s had those two National winners and a lot of success at the Cheltenham Festival – but if we beat United on Monday night I think it might just give him a bigger buzz than winning at Aintree.
“What he has done for this club is remarkable. We are debt-free, have a fantastic stadium and training ground, and have an infrastructure and stability that is envied by many clubs outside the Premier League.
“His dream is to see Preston back in the big time – like they were when he first started watching them.
“But this game against United is for Mr Hemmings and people like him.”