Preston are searching for a new manager for the second time in 2021 after parting ways with Frankie McAvoy.

North End have sacked McAvoy after a run of just six wins in 21 league games this season.

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers proved to be the end, with McAvoy paying the price with his job.

The Lancashire Evening Post now report that Preston do already have a replacement in mind – and they are in a job elsewhere.

Fans are wondering who that could be, and here are five suggestions who make some sense…



Gareth Ainsworth

Wycombe boss Ainsworth was linked with the job after Alex Neil’s exit in March. His work with Wanderers has been incredible and he has Preston close to his heart after three spells at Deepdale as a player. His direct style of football maybe a concern to many, especially after the McAvoy reign.

Graham Alexander

Another former Preston player, Alexander made more than 400 appearances for the club. Alexander has done a decent job at Fleetwood Town, Scunthorpe United, Salford City and Motherwell but has never managed at Championship level. Certainly has a connection with fans but there would be concern over his suitability for Championship management.

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Callum Davidson

The third former North End player on the list, Davidson has worked wonders at St Johnstone. With two domestic cup wins last season, Davidson took St Johnstone into Europe against all odds. This season has been more difficult, but Davidson’s ability to get St Johnstone punching against bigger clubs shouldn’t be underestimated.

Ryan Lowe

It’s hard not to be impressed with Lowe. He already has two promotions on his CV with Bury and Plymouth Argyle and now sits fourth in League One. A Burscough lad, Lowe may be tempted by a return to the North West if Preston come calling.

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Grant McCann

We understand Preston liked McCann after Neil’s exit earlier this year. His Doncaster side took Preston apart in 2019 and he got the best out of Ben Whiteman with Rovers. His season at Hull has been strange; two wins in 16 to start the season and four wins from five since.

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