Next Preston North End manager odds shorten for favourite

With the news of Alex Neil's departure on Sunday afternoon, the bookies have been quick to install who they think is the most likeliest to take over.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 11:35 am
Current Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth.

Here are the top 10 current favourites for the position...

Always a favourite around North End, the former Lilywhite has done exceptional work at Wycombe Wanderers as they've risen to the Championship. His passion stands out to the fans and he always speaks very highly of the club.
Another former North Ender, Michael Appleton has been catching the eye at Lincoln City recently as the Imps sit near the top of the League One table. Recently signed a new four-year-deal amidst interest form Bristol City.

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Made his name in England by helping get Barnlsey promoted to the Championship in his first full season in charge of the Tykes. Most recently has had a spell with Hearts where he won and drew five of his 17 games.
Left Aberdeen just a few weeks ago after eight years at Pittodrie. Won a league cup whilst with Aberdeen and won over 50% of his games across his lengthy spell. His last job in England was with Bristol City in 2013.
A man from the previous regime, Frankie McAvoy was Alex Neil's former assistant and would provide a bit of continuity. He worked with Alex Neil at both Hamilton and Norwich City before joining PNE and has a chance to take the job already.
Currently the boss at Hull City who are top of League One, McCann last experience in the Championship was being relegated with the Tigers last season. May want to wait until the end of the campaign to see out the job with his current side.
A legend around Deepdale, Callum Davidson spent seven years as the left back for the Lilywhites. He's progressed as a coach and currently has the top job at St Johnstone, winning the Scottish League Cup this season.
Helped Cardiff City into the play-offs this time last season, partly at PNE's expense. Started this campaign poorly and was sacked by the Bluebirds but did a decent job in his time in Wales and previously at Millwall.
A real journeyman of football management, Alan Pardew has had a few high profile roles, including as West Ham, Crystal Palace and Newcastle manager. He's most recently been at ADO Den Haag and is currently at CSKA Sofia.
Would be considered a bit of a coup if North End were to appoint him, but the former Bournemouth boss will be wanted by many. He took the Cherries from the fourth tier to the top flight and left the club following their relegation last season.