Preston Athletic appoint Colin Jack as new manager

Colin Jack will take over at the Pennypit

Colin Jack will take over at the Pennypit

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New Preston Athletic manager Colin Jack is looking to add experience to the young squad he has inherited following his appointment yesterday.

The former Hibs academy coach replaces Willie Kirk, who left for Bristol Academy last month. Jack’s background in youth development should stand him in good stead given the youthfulness of the Panners squad, but he admitted he is looking to compliment that with some experience.

“We definitely want an experienced spine through the team then get some younger players in and around that,” he revealed.

“It’s a challenge but something that I’m really looking forward to. It’s about getting the right experience – older players who can help the younger ones, not just someone over 35 who can go and play.

“It needs to be right – if we can’t get that, we can’t but if we can then great.”

Assistants Sean MacAuley and Bob Baillie will stay on and work with Jack – something he is grateful for. “They’ll help in terms of knowing the players, how things work and everything about the club. That’s really important and they’ll be a real support in understanding what happened last season. Our main target is to continue the good work that Willie did last year.”