Kevin Davies appointed Southport boss

Kevin Davies in action for PNE
Kevin Davies in action for PNE

Former Preston North End striker Kevin Davies has been named as Southport's new manager.

It is the 40-year-old's first job in management, with him retiring from playing in the summer of 2015 - his last game was PNE's play-off final victory over Swindon at Wembley.

His No.2 at Southport, who are in National League North, will be ex-North End coach John Dreyer.

Davies said: "This is a great opportunity and the timing is right for me to step into management.

"Over my 22 year playing career I was privileged to work under some fantastic managers, including four who managed England.

"My career was built on hard work, passion and a strong desire to do whatever it takes to win a game of football.

John Dreyer

John Dreyer

"There is lots of hard work ahead and it is a challenge that I am relishing.

"This is a very exciting time to be involved with Southport FC with new investment to develop the stadium and infrastructure.

"Football is about creating memories and I, along with my assistant John Dreyer, players and staff, will be working tirelessly to take the club forward in a positive direction."

Davies succeeds Alan Lewer who left the club last month after only taking charge in June.

Southport had go through a number of managers in recent years and it is hoped Davies' appointment will bring more stability at Haig Avenue.

Davies spent two seasons with North End, making 90 appearances and scoring six goals.

Before that, he had played more than 400 games for Bolton Wanderers.

Dreyer joined PNE as first-team coach in January 2012, arriving with Graham Westley.

He stayed on the staff after Westley's sacking, having one game as caretaker manager, before working under Simon Grayson.

In the summer of 2015, Dreyer left North End and was replaced by Steve Thompson.