Alan Irvine (footballer, born 1958)
Irvine as Preston North End manager in 2008
|Full name||James Alan Irvine|
|Date of birth||12 July 1958|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|1993–1998||Blackburn Rovers (youth)|
|2001–2005||Newcastle United (youth)|
|2007–2009||Preston North End|
|2014||West Bromwich Albion|
|2015–2016||Blackburn Rovers (assistant)|
|2017||Norwich City (caretaker)|
|2017–2018||West Ham United (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
James Alan Irvine (born 12 July 1958) is a Scottish former professional footballer and coach.
As a coach, Irvine worked in various roles at Blackburn Rovers, Preston North End, Newcastle United and Everton before becoming a manager, firstly with Preston and then Sheffield Wednesday. After three years in charge of the Everton Academy, he became head coach of West Bromwich Albion. He rejoined Blackburn as assistant manager in November 2015. In March 2017, he became caretaker manager of Norwich City before leaving in November 2017 to join West Ham United under new manager, David Moyes. He left the east London club at the end of the 2017–18 season, after Moyes' contract was not renewed.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Irvine studied for qualification as an insurance broker whilst playing for Queen's Park. Irvine is a boyhood Leeds United fan, citing fellow Scot Eddie Gray as his favourite player.
He helped Everton win the 1983–84 FA Cup: despite being left out of the final match day squad, he had started all 7 previous FA cup matches up to and including the semi-final, scoring goals in the 3rd round and 5th round ties. Irvine also started the 1984 League Cup Final and League Cup Final Replay with Everton ultimately losing 1–0 to Liverpool.
Irvine returned to Goodison Park to join the coaching staff 20 years after leaving as a player. He was academy director at Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United, where he was credited with bringing through players such as Steven Taylor and Peter Ramage.
Preston North End
Irvine took over as manager of Preston North End on 20 November 2007 with Preston in a relegation battle. He guided Preston to a respectable 15th place in the 2007–08 season. In his first full season in charge, Irvine led Preston to the play-offs when on a dramatic final day of the season, after Preston clinched the final play-off spot thanks to goals from Jon Parkin and Sean St. Ledger. After that he was named the Championship Manager of the Month for April. Preston lost their play-off semi-final to Sheffield United 2–1 on aggregate. He was dismissed on 29 December 2009 after Preston suffered a poor run of results where the team only won once in 10 games. His departure from Preston reportedly caused "outrage" from fans.
Irvine was appointed manager of Sheffield Wednesday on 8 January 2010. Wednesday got off to a good start under Irvine, winning games against Barnsley, Blackpool and Peterborough United. Irvine was named Championship Manager of the month for January 2010. This form was not sustained, however, as on the last day of the season Wednesday faced a Hillsborough relegation showdown against Crystal Palace who had suffered a 10-point deduction, needing a home win to avoid relegation. The match ended in a 2–2 draw, relegating Wednesday to League One.
Wednesday then had severe financial issues, with the club appearing in court twice over winding up orders. Following the successful takeover by Milan Mandarić at the end of 2010, Irvine was allowed transfer funds to revamp his squad. Despite making several new signings, the team continued to have consistently poor results. On 3 February 2011, Wednesday dismissed Irvine with the side lying 12th in League One.
West Bromwich Albion
In his first league match in charge on 16 August, West Bromwich Albion drew 2–2 at home against Sunderland. It was not until his fifth league match, on 21 September, that they won a league match, James Morrison heading the only goal to defeat Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. A week later, he got his first home league victory, 4–0 against Burnley at The Hawthorns. It was the team's biggest league win since 2012 and moved them up seven places in the league to 10th. Irvine's time in charge also saw West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino called into the senior England team after scoring seven goals in ten league matches.
After only seven months in the role, on 29 December 2014, Irvine was dismissed by West Bromwich Albion, with the team lying in 16th position in the Premier League having won only four of 19 league games under his managership, and just one point above the relegation zone.
On 2 July 2016, Irvine joined Norwich City as assistant manager. He took over as caretaker manager on 10 March 2017 after Alex Neil was dismissed. On the 25th of May 2017 Alan was replaced by Daniel Farke. Alan decided to leave Norwich City after his replacement.
- As of match played 7 May 2017
|Preston North End||20 November 2007||29 December 2009||110||45||25||40||40.9|||
|Sheffield Wednesday||8 January 2010||3 February 2011||59||24||13||22||40.7|||
|West Bromwich Albion||14 June 2014||29 December 2014||22||5||6||11||22.7|||
|Norwich City (caretaker)||10 March 2017||25 May 2017||10||5||2||3||50.0|||
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