Few will remember Billy McKinlay’s time at Preston, and we certainly wouldn’t blame them.
McKinlay joined Preston way back in 2001 after a stint with Bradford City, having previously been with Blackburn Rovers.
The midfielder was snapped up by David Moyes but barely made the radar of Preston fans as he came and went quickly.
The Scot wasn’t forgotten by Moyes though, as McKinlay ended up on Moyes’ coaching staff at Real Sociedad and then as a scout at Sunderland.
McKinlay then followed Moyes to West Ham in 2017, leaving the club alongside Moyes in 2018 and then moving on to Stoke City.
McKinlay, who previously managed Watford and Stabaek, is out of the game having left Stoke in April, but a reunion with Moyes is on the cards.
The Daily Mail claim that McKinlay is in line to become Moyes’ new assistant coach as Alan Irvine – a former Preston man just like Moyes and McKinlay – is leaving the Hammers for personal reasons.
Moyes may be losing one ex-North Ender, but could again another; it’s nice to know that even so long after leaving Deepdale, Moyes’ time at Preston is still shaping his work at West Ham.