Next Preston Manager: The early contenders to replace Alex Neil with Frankie McAvoy placed in interim charge

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 21 March 2021, 15:53

Preston North End have parted ways with Alex Neil following a five game winless run which leaves the club 16th in the Championship with eight games remaining.

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Luton means Preston are nine points above the relegation zone and 18 points adrift of the play-offs.

In a club statement, Preston said:

“Preston North End Football Club can confirm that it has today parted with the services of its Manager, Alex Neil.

“Alex joined the club in the summer of 2017 and he leaves us with our thanks and very best wishes for the future.

“It is the intention that Frankie McAvoy will take up the position of interim Head Coach and work with Steve Thompson, Mike Pollitt and Paul Gallagher in taking the team for the remaining eight games of the season.

Having been placed in interim charge, Frankie McAvoy features as one of the early contenders for the full-time job in the next Preston manager market. McAvoy joined the club back in 2017, soon after the appointment of Neil, with whom he worked with at Norwich and Hamilton.

At the time of writing out-of-work managers being linked with the post include Neil Harris, Neil Lennon, Derek McInnes, Eddie Howe, Tony Pulis, and Daniel Stendel; each offering different styles of play and levels of experience. Meanwhile, Frank Lampard, Chris Wilder and Kenny Jackett have all recently left jobs.

However, given that Preston have said that McAvoy will take charge until the end of the season, the club could opt to approach another club in the summer for the services of a manager.

Bright managerial sparks in the Football League include Ryan Lowe (Plymouth), Russell Martin (MK Dons), Mark Bonner (Cambridge), and Michael Duff (Cheltenham) who are all worth keeping an eye on as the search progresses.

Michael Appleton, currently bidding to lead Lincoln into the Championship, was previously a club record signing at Preston (£500,000 in 1997) and his connection to the club means he is sure to receive attention in the market, as is Wycombe’s long-serving manager Gareth Ainsworth who is another former Lilywhites player.

See below for a full list of names in the betting...

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Gareth Ainsworth

Current Team: Wycombe Wanderers


Nicky Butt

Previous Team: None


Frankie McAvoy

Current Team: Preston North End


Roy Keane

Previous Team: Ipswich Town


Uwe Rosler

Current Team: Fortuna Dusseldorf


Joey Barton

Current Team: Bristol Rovers


Robbie Fowler

Current Team: East Bengal


Dean Holden

Previous Team: Bristol City


Grant McCann

Current Team: Hull City


David Healy

Current Team: Linfield


Michael Appleton

Current Team: Lincoln City


Callum Davidson

Current Team: St Johnstone


Neil Lennon

Previous Team: Celtic


Derek McInnes

Previous Team: Aberdeen


Eddie Howe

Previous Team: Bournemouth


Kenny Jackett

Previous Team: Portsmouth


Garry Monk

Previous Team: Sheffield Wednesday


Alan Pardew

Previous Team: ADO Den Haag


Tony Pulis

Previous Team: Sheffield Wednesday


Jack Ross

Current Team: Hibernian


Daniel Stendel

Previous Team: Heart of Midlothian


Chris Wilder

Previous Team: Sheffield United


Derek Adams

Current Team: Morecambe


Slaven Bilic

Current Team: Beijing Guoan


Mark Bowen

Previous Team: Reading


Sol Campbell

Previous Team: Southend United


Michael Carrick

Previous Team: None


Lee Carsley

Current Team: England U20


Steve Clarke

Current Team: Scotland


Paul Clement

Previous Team: Cercle Brugge


Chris Coleman

Previous Team: Hebei China Fortune


Michael Duff

Current Team: Cheltenham Town


Steve Evans

Current Team: Gillingham


Ian Evatt

Current Team: Bolton Wanderers


Darren Ferguson

Current Team: Peterborough United


Darren Fletcher

Previous Team: None


Michael Flynn

Current Team: Newport County


Ryan Giggs

Current Team: Wales


Neil Harris

Previous Team: Cardiff City


Mark Hughes

Previous Team: Southampton


Slavisa Jokanovic

Current Team: Al Gharafa


Michael Jolley

Previous Team: Barrow


Aitor Karanka

Previous Team: Birmingham City


Harry Kewell

Previous Team: Oldham Athletic


Sabri Lamouchi

Previous Team: Nottingham Forest


Michael Laudrup

Previous Team: Al Rayyan


Ryan Lowe

Current Team: Plymouth Argyle


Malky Mackay

Previous Team: Wigan Athletic


Kevin Nolan

Previous Team: Notts County


Martin O'Neill

Previous Team: Nottingham Forest


Phil Parkinson

Previous Team: Sunderland


Chris Powell

Previous Team: Southend United


Steven Reid

Previous Team: None


Stephen Robinson

Previous Team: Motherwell


Tim Sherwood

Previous Team: Aston Villa


Alan Stubbs

Previous Team: St Mirren


John Terry

Previous Team: None


Paul Tisdale

Previous Team: Bristol Rovers


Graham Westley

Previous Team: Stevenage


Ian Holloway

Previous Team: Grimsby Town


Frank Lampard

Previous Team: Chelsea


Paul Lambert

Previous Team: Ipswich Town


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