Michael Carrick reportedly a managerial candidate for Preston

Preston North End sacked manager Frankie McAvoy on Monday evening, after nine months in charge.

A club statement said: “Frankie is an honest, hard-working person who deserves to succeed and he leaves us with our grateful thanks and best wishes for the future. He will always be welcome back at Deepdale at any time.”

The Sun have already reported on who Preston are considering appointing to fill the vacancy and one name on their list is apparently Michael Carrick, just days after his departure from Manchester United.

St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson and Motherwell manager Graham Alexander are also both under consideration.

When Carrick left United, cited his desire to spend time with his family as one of the reasons why he was stepping away.

That means it may well be unlikely that he jumps straight back into the game, in a managerial hotseat.

He has just the three games in charge of United to his name, although he did perform impressively, steadying the ship after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s departure and going unbeaten.

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If Carrick does have designs on a career in management, then he might be inclined to take the opportunity if it comes his way.

Preston sit 18th in the Championship, nine points clear of Peterborough in 22nd and they will hope not to be dragged deeper into the relegation dogfight.

It remains to be seen whether Preston firm up their interest or go for one of the other aforementioned candidates working north of the border right now.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.