Preparations for Preston have been far more relaxed for Fulham’s players than for last week’s game at MK Dons.

So says caretaker-manager Peter Grant, who was put in charge just three days before the 1-1 draw at Milton Keynes last week.

In contrast, Grant has now had a full week to prepare his troops for the visit of the Lilywhites to Craven Cottage this afternoon.

He said: “Most definitely (it’s been less hectic). I only had Thursday and Friday to prepare last week, it was a bit of a whirlwind.

“It’s been a little bit different this time. We’ve had a bit more practice on the pitch, and spirits have been very good.

“I’ve never had any complaints though. We can talk until we’re blue in the face about last week, but it was dictated by circumstances.”

After the game at stadium:mk, Grant said he was not interested in the manager’s job full time, and nothing has happened since to change his mind.

The former Scottish international’s intention is to hand over the team in the best shape possible to a permanent replacement for Kit Symons before returning to his U21 coaching role.

He added: “I love being on the training pitch, talking with players. That’s where I feel most at home, I really enjoy that.

“I like seeing young players develop. I know the pitfalls of being a father as I have two young lads myself. I really enjoy the job I already have here.

“It’s the first time I’ve done this role, and it’s been a real eye opener. Nobody knows the future, but I also I’m a bit old to be getting into management now at 50 years of age.”

Grant also took a swipe at the chop and change culture clubs have adopted with managers, with almost a quarter of all clubs in the top four divisions having made changes in the dugout already this season.

He added: “It changes so quickly, how can you see how somebody has developed in six weeks? I used to be able to name all the managers in the league, but I would struggle now.”