Breaking: Preston part company with boss Alex Neil, interim head coach named
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Breaking: Preston part company with boss Alex Neil, interim head coach named

Preston have today confirmed the departure of boss Alex Neil after nearly four years in the North End hot seat.

The Lilywhites lost 1-0 at home to Luton Town on Saturday afternoon, meaning Neil has suffered three defeats in a week without scoring a goal.

Saturday’s loss also means Preston have lost 20 league games this season; only bottom of the table Wycombe Wanderers have lost more.

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Neil has come under increasing pressure this season, and North End have now decided that time is up for the Scot.

Frankie McAvoy will be given the position of interim Head Coach until the end of the season, with Steve Thompson, Paul Gallagher and Mike Pollitt assisting him.

Neil took charge of 191 games as Preston boss, winning 72 of them with a win rate of 37.7%. He took over from Simon Grayson in 2017 and made an instant impact at Deepdale.

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Preston missed out on the play-offs by just two points in his first season in charge, but he has only managed to consolidate in mid-table since then.

Losing key players and attempting to handle a mid-season rebuild proved to be a step too far for Neil, and with Preston sliding towards the bottom three, Neil has gone.

This has largely been a positive partnership between Preston and Neil, and we can only wish Alex the best for the future having given us so many great times over the years.

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