A number of former Preston North End players have become managers after playing under David Moyes – but who would have put money on Stuart King?
Graham Alexander is one of the former PNE men to turn to management, with Moyes no doubt a huge influence.
Michael Appleton has impressed at Lincoln City, whilst Neil McDonald, Michael Jackson, Brian Barry-Murphy, Stephen Robinson and Jon Macken are other players-turned-managers after working under Moyes.
Over in Northern Ireland, David Healy has excelled as Linfield boss. With four league titles and almost 200 wins, Healy has transitioned brilliantly from player to manager.
On Saturday, Healy’s Linfield side took on Carrick Rangers – who are managed by ex-PNE talent King.
Healy and King were at PNE together in the early 2000’s before going their separate ways.
King was appointed Carrick Rangers boss over the summer after five years in charge of Banbridge Town.
Healy spoke glowingly about King before the game. Healy stated that King is ‘lively, bubbly and non-stop’, noting that he is kicking every ball on the touchline.
The two former PNE players met on Saturday, and Healy ran out comfortable winner.
Linfield won 4-0, but the two sides will meet again next month – meaning Healy will take on King once again.
Moyes’ coaching tree just keeps on going and going, with Healy and King no doubt looking to go from strength to strength and head to England one day.