PRESTON have appointed former Tranmere Rovers striker Ryan Lowe as their new manager following Monday's sacking of Frankie McAvoy.

Lowe resigned from his role at Plymouth earlier on Tuesday after an approach from North End and takes immediate charge at Deepdale.

McAvoy left on Monday night following Saturday's defeat at Blackburn which left them 18th in the Championship.

Liverpudlian Lowe was a big favourite at Prenton Park after scoring 19 goals during the 2013/14 season which ended in relegation to League Two.

The veteran forward sobbed as relegation was confirmed with a defeat against Bradford City on the final day – and was hoping to talk with the club about an extension to his deal, which had 12 months left to run but left to rejoin Bury FC.

A club statement read: "Preston North End Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Ryan Lowe as first-team manager.

"Ryan will take over with immediate effect, joining from Plymouth Argyle, a club he guided to promotion from League Two to League One in the 2019/20 season, and they currently sit fourth in the third tier.

"That was the second promotion on Ryan's managerial CV, having previously led Bury FC into League One.

"We would like to place on record our thanks to Plymouth Argyle for the professional way in which they have handled this matter."

Lowe, whose family are based in the north west, had a clause in his contract at Home Park which allowed him to speak to clubs in a higher division. He has been replaced by Steven Schumacher, who was on his coaching staff.

The former Bury manager took over at Home Park in June 2019 and guided Argyle to promotion from League Two in the 2019-20 Covid-hit season.

They finished 18th last season, but have launched a promotion bid this time around, going 17 games unbeaten until a recent blip.