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Alan Irvine (footballer, born 1958)

Alan Irvine

Irvine as Preston North End manager in 2008
Personal information
Full name James Alan Irvine[1]
Date of birth (1958-07-12) 12 July 1958 [1]
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1981 Queen's Park 88 (9)
1981–1984 Everton 60 (4)
1984–1987 Crystal Palace 109 (12)
1987–1989 Dundee United 24 (3)
1989–1992 Blackburn Rovers 58 (3)
Total 339 (31)
Teams managed
1993–1998 Blackburn Rovers (youth)
1998–2001 Preston North End (assistant)
2001-2005 Newcastle United (youth)
2005–2007 Everton (assistant)
2007–2009 Preston North End
2010–2011 Sheffield Wednesday
2011–2014 Everton (Youth)
2014– West Bromwich Albion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James Alan Irvine (born 12 July 1958), known as Alan Irvine, is a Scottish former footballer.

Irvine played for five different clubs in Scotland and England during a 15-year playing career.

He then became a coach, assisting David Moyes at Preston North End and then Everton. Irvine subsequently became a manager in his own right, working for Preston and Sheffield Wednesday before signing as manager for West Bromwich Albion on 14 June 2014 after 3 years in charge of Everton Academy.


  • Early life 1
  • Club career 2
  • Coaching career 3
    • Preston North End 3.1
    • Sheffield Wednesday 3.2
    • West Bromwich Albion 3.3
  • Managerial statistics 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Irvine studied for qualifications as an insurance broker whilst playing for Queen's Park.

Club career

After starting his career with Queen's Park, Irvine played for Everton, Crystal Palace, Dundee United and Blackburn Rovers.[1] In 1992, he was part of the Blackburn team that won promotion to the new FA Premier League, only to announce his retirement from playing just before the 1992–93 season began.

Coaching career

Irvine returned to Goodison Park 20 years after leaving as a player to join the coaching staff. He was also formerly 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.[2] 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.[3] Preston lost their play-off semi-final to Sheffield United 2–1 on aggregate.[4] He was sacked on 29 December 2009 after Preston suffered a poor run of results where the team only won once in 10 games.[5] His departure from Preston caused outrage from fans.[6]

Sheffield Wednesday

Irvine was appointed manager of Sheffield Wednesday on 8 January 2010.[7] 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.[8]

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 sacked Irvine with the side lying 12th in League One.[9]

It was announced on 12 July 2011 that Irvine had returned to Everton to replace Ray Hall as the manager of the club's academy.[10]

West Bromwich Albion

On 14 June 2014 West Bromwich Albion announced that Irvine would fill their vacant Head Coach role on a 12-month contract,[11] his first management work in the Premier League.

Managerial statistics

As of 6 December 2014.[12]
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Preston North End 20 November 2007 29 December 2009 110 45 25 40 40.91
Sheffield Wednesday 8 January 2010 3 February 2011 59 24 13 22 40.68
West Bromwich Albion June 2014 Present 18 4 6 8 22.22
Total 187 73 44 70 39.04


  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J, ed. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 316.  
  2. ^ "Preston unveil Irvine as new boss". BBC Sport. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  3. ^ "Preston boss scoops monthly award". BBC Sport. 7 May 2009. Archived from the original on 10 May 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Sheff Utd v Preston – 11th May 2009". Sky Sports. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Preston sack boss Alan Irvine after run of poor results". BBC Sport. 29 December 2009. Archived from the original on 30 December 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Preston 7 Colchester 0: Jon Parkin scores a hat-trick as managerless Preston run riot". Mail Online (Associated Newspapers). 3 January 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Sinnott, John (8 January 2010). "Irvine appointed Wednesday boss". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Preston unveil Irvine as new boss". The Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). 2 May 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  9. ^ PA (3 February 2011). "Sheffield Wednesday sack manager Alan Irvine". The Independent. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  10. ^ Andy Hunter (12 July 2011). "Alan Irvine returns to Everton as manager of youth academy". (Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Alan Irvine appointed West Bromwich Albion manager".  
  12. ^ "Alan Irvine". Soccerbase. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 

External links

  • Alan Irvine management career stats at Soccerbase
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