Preston are safe in the Championship for another year, and a decision must come over the club’s managerial situation soon.

North End beat Coventry City 1-0 on Saturday afternoon with an Alan Browne penalty, and interim head coach Frankie McAvoy has done all he can in an attempt to land the job permanently.

The club are likely to look at many other options having sacked Alex Neil in March, and there are a couple of ex-North End players who have been tipped.

Michael Appleton and Gareth Ainsworth have been backed by fans, and Callum Davidson has to be putting himself in the frame now.


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Davidson became St Johnstone boss last summer, and is enjoying an unbelievable season having already won silverware, clinching the Scottish League Cup earlier this season.

The 44-year-old has now dumped Rangers out of the Scottish Cup, with his heroics at Ibrox last night sending St Johnstone into the last four of the competition; Davidson has a domestic cup double in his sights in his first season as a manager.

Davidson has lost just three of the last 15 league games, and has his side incredibly well-drilled. They operate with a 3-4-1-2 system, which is how Preston have been playing under McAvoy of late.

Davidson learned his craft under Tommy Wright and Gary Rowett, two managers who have given Davidson a great start in coaching and an understanding of how to build solid, hard to beat teams.

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Yes, he’s still relatively inexperienced, but Davidson is working wonders on a tight budget at St Johnstone, and is becoming hard to ignore as Preston consider a new managerial appointment.

With more than 160 appearances for Preston as a player, Davidson was a favourite at Deepdale.

His stunning season at St Johnstone has made him a hot property as a manager, and given his links to North End, his exploits surely haven’t gone unnoticed at Preston.

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