Ryan Lowe joins small group of Preston North End managers for winning first game in charge

Lowe started his tenure last Saturday overseeing the 2-1 win over Barnsley at Deepdale.

Alex Neil, Billy Davies and David Moyes are the others to do the same.

Neil’s first competitive game in charge was a 1-0 win over Sheffield on Wednesday in the Championship in August 2017.

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Ryan Lowe celebrates Preston North End’s win over Barnsley with Mike Marsh and Paul Gallagher

Davies wore the mantle of the interim manager when North End won 2-0 against Rotherham United in August 2004.

The Scotsman’s first game as permanent boss ended in a 1-1 draw against Plymouth Argyle a month later.

Moyes, who has now managed over 1,000 games, started as PNE boss with a 1-0 win at Macclesfield in the Auto Windscreens Shield in January 1998.

However, he waited eight matches in the league for his first victory.

Frankie McAvoy, the man Lowe was successful at technically, drew 1-1 with Norwich in April.

He was an interim head coach, his first full-time game being the 4-1 loss to Hull City.

Simon Grayson, Paul Simpson and Gary Peters oversaw the draws in their first games in charge.

Graham Westley, Phil Brown, Darren Ferguson, Alan Irvine, Craig Brown and John Beck saw their first games as PNE boss end in loss.

The postponement of Millwall’s game due to Covid case in the London club squad, means Lowe will have to wait until Boxing Day for his second game.

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