Ex-Hamilton Accies man and Norwich City coach Frankie McAvoy is looking forward to starting his interim manager’s job at Preston North End.

McAvoy will lead the Deepdale club until the end of the season after former Hamilton manager Alex Neil left Preston at the weekend. McAvoy was academy director and first-team coach with Hamilton before following Neil to Norwich City and Preston.

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Former Accies and Norwich City man Frankie McAvoy is at Preston. (Photo by Chris Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Now he’s looking forward to becoming an interim Championship manager, his first game against Norwich City after the international break: “It is a big opportunity. Firstly, I would like to say I am saddened that Alex has left and the circumstances.

“I have had a chat with Peter [Ridsdale] and I am looking forward to moving forward into the eight games we have remaining and hopefully we can pick up as many points as we can. The results have been the biggest influencing factor here, but if you look at Alex’s tenure here, he has been magnificent.

“To follow some of the stuff he has done is going to be really tough. He has been a great leader and mentor for me and hopefully a lot of the good stuff I have learnt from him, I can take forward and hopefully get the best out of the players, which is ultimately the goal, as well as winning as many games as we can.

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Taking charge. (Photo by Chris Vaughan – CameraSport via Getty Images)

“Everybody has opinions in football, the difficulty is that the manager is where the buck stops. He is the person responsible for making the decisions and carrying them forward and once that is done, as a back-up, the people who are there to support the decision back him up and you go forward with it for the best of everybody and for the best of the club.”

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