With a win over Charlton, former Hamilton boss Alex Neil has managed to put Preston on top of the Championship as he leads a charge for the Premier League.
A 1-0 away win at The Valley sealed their top berth after an impressive start to the season. They’ve lost just three times in their opening 15 games and are yet to lose at home in the league.
It’s former Accies man Neil who is leading them up the table.
Neil is proving he’s one of Britain’s best coaches at Preston
After facing the sack at Norwich back in 2017, Neil was faced with the task of rebuilding his managerial career. At Preston, he has managed to do that admirably.
It has resulted in links to other clubs, with Preston fiercely dismissing notions that Neil may be on the way to Stoke City.
At just 38, Neil is in the age bracket to be considered a ‘rookie manager.’ In actual fact, he is a young coach with over 300 games worth of experience across spells at Accies, Norwich and Preston.
He is one of the UK’s most promising coaches, with his Deepdale side looking likely to mount a serious challenge to return to England’s top table, somewhere they haven’t been for over 60 years.
Neil’s had plenty of success in his coaching career already. He dragged Hamilton out of the Championship and into the Premiership in 2014, recorded a first Accies win at Celtic Park in 76 years and claimed Premier League promotion with Norwich back in 2015.
Should he achieve an incredible feat at Deepdale, Neil would continue to prove himself as an inspiration for Scottish managers looking to make their way down south.
Neil is the only Scottish boss managing at Championship level or higher down south. If the 38-year-old achieves success this term, he would become the first Scottish Premier League manager since Paul Lambert in the 2017/18 season.
Promotion is a while away yet, but Neil is continuing to show why he is one of the UK’s brightest managerial prospects.