According to the Daily Record, ex-Preston ace Callum Davidson is set to take his first steps into management.

North End fans will have fond memories of Davidson. Craig Brown brought him to Deepdale back in 2004, having previously selected him for international duty with Scotland.

Davidson joined at the age of 28, having spent four years at Leicester City. Injuries were a major problem for Davidson early on, as he managed less than 30 appearances in each of his first three seasons.

Callum Davidson of Preston North End is challenged by Papa Bouba Diop of Portsmouth. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


Eventually, Davidson not only became a regular at North End, but also club captain. He became a reliably a penalty taker following Graham Alexander’s exit, and notably buried one in the 6-4 comeback win over Leeds United in 2010.

Davidson left Preston in 2011 with 178 games to his name, as well as 22 goals and six assists. After seven years at Deepdale, Davidson left as a fan favourite – and he is now making strides in his coaching career.

He initially became St Johnstone assistant manager having ended his career with the club, even pending time as caretaker manager there in 2014.

Preston North End’s Scottish defender Callum Davidson (R) marks Liverpool’s Irish forward Robbie Keane. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Gary Rowett took him to Stoke City in 2018, reuniting having played together at Leicester. After a brief spell as first team coach at Dunfermline Athletic last year, Davidson joined up with Rowett again, becoming Millwall assistant.

Now, the 43-year-old is on the move again. This time, he’s about to become a full-time manager in his own right, with reports claiming that he has been given permission to travel north for talks with St Johnstone and to finalise his move.

Davidson will now replace his former boss Tommy Wright as St Johnstone manager, and all at Preston will wish him the very best. After all, if Davidson ends up faring well as a manager, who can rule out a return to Deepdale one day?

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