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...

Next Preston North End Manager Odds

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

Odds Correct as of 2021-04-20 12:57:03
Betting Odds Tips

Managers Departed

Last man down

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho
(Tottenham Hotspur)
19th April
Bet £10 Get £40 in Free Bets
Exclusive Promo Code
#AD 18+. Play Safe. New customers using promo code M40 only. 1x per customer. Min £/€10 bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Free bets of 2 x £/€15 issued after first qualifying bet settles. Max £/€10 Bonus. 35x wagering requirement. Max redeemable bonus: £25. Casino bonus expires after 72 hours. UK & Eire only. Additional T&Cs, including free-bet, game, location, payment method and stake contributions apply.
Up to £100 in bet credits
Exclusive Promo Code
#AD Open Account Offer. Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply. The bonus code ‘100BET365’ can be used during registration, but does not change the offer amount in any way. 18+
Advert Disclaimer is a free online resource which endeavour to provide helpful and useful content and odds comparison to its visitors. Please be advised that accepts affiliate commission from the companies appearing on the site, and agreed commission levels impact the location and order in which the companies (and/or their products) are presented on the website. Any ratings that appear on this site is determined by our subjective opinion of the brand but also based on market share and reputation, each brand's conversion rates, commission paid to us and general consumer interest. Company listings on this page don't imply our endorsement. We do not feature all providers on the market. Except as expressly set forth in our terms and conditions, all statements and warranties regarding the information presented on this page are disclaimed. The information, including odds, which appear on this site is subject to change at any time.
Next in firing line Hottest Manager Markets

Premier League

Next Manager to Leave


Next Manager

Atletico Madrid

Next Manager


Next Manager

Bayern Munich

Next Manager


Next Manager

Crystal Palace

Next Manager


Next Manager

England U21

Next Manager


Next Manager


Next Manager

Manchester United

Next Manager

Newcastle United

Next Manager

Paris St Germain

Next Manager

Preston North End

Next Manager

Real Madrid

Next Manager

Republic of Ireland

Next Manager


Next Manager

Tottenham Hotspur

Next Manager


Next Manager
Bet £10 Get £40 in Free Bets
£30 in free sports bets + £10 Casino Bonus #AD 18+. Play Safe. New customers using promo code M40 only. 1x per customer. Min £/€10 bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Free bets of 2 x £/€15 issued after first qualifying bet settles. Max £/€10 Bonus. 35x wagering requirement. Max redeemable bonus: £25. Casino bonus expires after 72 hours. UK & Eire only. Additional T&Cs, including free-bet, game, location, payment method and stake contributions apply.
We use cookies to provide statistics that help give you the best experience of our site. By continuing to use the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn more
Got It