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

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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