Former Hamilton Accies and Norwich City man Frankie McAvoy is happy to have been named Head Coach at Preston North End.

McAvoy was academy director at Hamilton before moving south with Alex Neil during his spells with Norwich City and Preston. He worked as assistant manager under Neil and McAvoy’s form as interim Preston manager has won him the job full-time.

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The former Hamilton and Norwich City man is Preston North End head coach. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

He said (Lancashire Live): “Peter Ridsdale and Craig Hemmings came in and got me when we were doing the individual player meetings. Then we met with Mr Hemmings and the family and thankfully they offered me the job as head coach.

“Once they offer you that, I don’t think there is anything you can say other than ‘yes’ and I’m delighted to accept the role – I’m absolutely privileged and so proud to do it. I’d spoken to the Hemmings family before, they had given me the opportunity for eight games and thankfully that went well.

“It’s a great club isn’t it? There’s always been a great affinity with Scottish people and Preston North End. When we moved and came here, sometimes you feel a home from home and if I’m honest, this is it. My family has been made to feel extremely welcomed ever since we got here and I owe a lot to the club.”

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