Frankie McAvoy rewarded for Preston’s strong finish to the season

Coventry City v Preston North End – Sky Bet Championship – St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium
(Image credit: Bradley Collyer)

Frankie McAvoy has been named Preston’s head coach on a permanent basis.

The 53-year-old replaced Alex Neil on an interim basis in March and oversaw five wins and two draws in eight games in charge.

Midfielder Paul Gallagher, 36, has announced his retirement from playing and will assist McAvoy.

Steve Thompson will also stay on the coaching staff.

A statement announcing the appointment said: “Everyone at Preston North End would like to congratulate them on their new roles and wish the new coaching team the very best in taking the club forward.”

McAvoy told the club’s website: “It’s a fantastic day for me and my family.

“I’m over the moon to accept the job and thrilled to get the opportunity to take Preston forward.

“Hopefully I can emulate some of the great Scottish managers that have been in Preston’s history going forwards.”

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