Frankie McAvoy is Preston North End's new head coach

Frankie McAvoy has been appointed Preston North End head coach after a successful eight-game audition as interim.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 2:43 pm
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 10:36 pm

McAvoy took charge on March 21 after Alex Neil was sacked and subsequently led PNE to five wins, two draws a single defeat.

North End finished the season with a four-game winning run, with 53-year-old McAvoy offered the job within 48 hours of the 2-1 victory at Nottingham Forest on the final day.

He worked as No.2 to Neil at Hamilton Academical, Norwich and then North End, this his first time as a No.1.

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Frankie McAvoy (right) has been appointed Preston North End's head coach with Paul Gallagher joining his staff
Frankie McAvoy (right) has been appointed Preston North End's head coach with Paul Gallagher joining his staff

It's the first time PNE have employed a head coach rather than a manager.

Paul Gallagher has hung up his boots as a player to join McAvoy's first-team coaching staff.

The midfielder worked with McAvoy in his time as interim and has now accepted a full-time coaching role along with Steve Thompson.

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