Ryan Lowe Leaves Plymouth Argyle to Take Over at Preston North End

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Ryan Lowe has left his position at Plymouth Argyle to take over as Preston North End manager.

Preston dismissed Frankie McAvoy on Monday night, December 6.

They made it clear that they’d seek a replacement in time to take charge of their next game – v Barnsley on December 11 and they have managed that.

Ryan Lowe Takes Preston North End Job

Ryan Lowe Replaced by Assistant at Argyle

The 43-year-old coach had been in charge at Plymouth Argyle since June 2019 and had guided them to promotion from League Two.

His side had been on an excellent run this season which has seen them placed as high as fourth after 20 games, just two points off top spot.

With that kind of form, unfortunately, comes the attention of clubs higher up the divisions. This is so often the case for club’s in the Football League and has proved to be so once again.

Lowe has clearly found the Preston job too good to turn down, jumping up a league to the Championship.

Plymouth have already announced his replacement with Steven Schumacher, who had been assisting Lowe throughout his tenure, promoted to first-team manager.

Argyle confirmed Lowe had resigned, intending to take up a managerial role elsewhere and stated that per the terms of his contract at Home Park, they were obliged to grant Preston permission to speak to Lowe.

Argyle Chief Executive Officer Excited by Schumacher Appointment

Plymouth Argyle chief executive officer Andrew Parkinson told pafc.co.uk: “We are very excited about the appointment, and look forward to Steven building on the impressive foundations he has laid at Argyle.

“Schuey is a popular figure at Home Park and his tactical knowledge, man-management and motivational skills are evident in his day-to-day work.

“We believe he has great potential and is the obvious choice to provide continuity at a time of great promise for the club.”

On Lowe’s departure, Parkinson added; “Of course, we thank Ryan for his achievements as manager, and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Lowe’s Task Has Changed

In taking over at Preston, Lowe’s ambitions for the season have changed somewhat. Having been chasing promotion with Argyle he will now look to build the foundations for a future promotion campaign with PNE.

The club sit 18th in the Championship and cited the need for more consistency as a reason for McAvoy’s exit. North End have won just one of their last five games.

Elsewhere, Schumacher will look to continue Argyle’s push for promotion to the Championship.


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