ALAN IRVINE FACTFILE

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Born: Glas­gow, 1958 (Age 58) Play­ing ca­reer: A winger, Irvine joined Scot­tish part­timers Queen’s Park in 1977, scor­ing nine goals in 88 games and win­ning the Scot­tish Sec­ond Divi­sion in 1981. He joined Ever­ton that sum­mer and spent three sea­sons at Good­i­son, scor­ing six times in 69 matches and col­lect­ing a win­ner’s medal in the 1984 FA Cup. Af­ter three years at Crys­tal Palace (12 goals, 109 games), he re­turned to Scot­land with Dundee United in 1987 and twice se­cured qual­i­fi­ca­tion for Europe. Irvine joined Black­burn in 1989, scor­ing three goals in 58 ap­pear­ances and se­cur­ing pro­mo­tion to the Premier League be­fore re­tir­ing in 1992. Man­age­rial ca­reer: Placed in charge of Black­burn’s youth team on his re­tire­ment, Irvine spent five years at Ewood Park be­fore join­ing Kenny Dal­glish at New­cas­tle, this time as as­sis­tant man­ager. When Dal­glish was re­placed by Ruud Gul­lit, Irvine be­came academy di­rec­tor and re­mained in post un­til he joined Ever­ton as as­sis­tant to David Moyes in 2002. Named man­ager of Pre­ston in Novem­ber 2007, Irvine averted rel­e­ga­tion in his first sea­son then fin­ished sixth in his sec­ond, ul­ti­mately suf­fer­ing play-off de­feat to Sh­effield United. Sacked amid a poor run in De­cem­ber 2009, he joined Sh­effield Wed­nes­day but couldn’t pre­vent rel­e­ga­tion from the Cham­pi­onship in May 2010. He was dis­missed in Fe­bru­ary 2011 but re­turned to Ever­ton as academy di­rec­tor in 2011. He then spent six months in charge of West Brom, win­ning five of his 22 matches be­fore be­ing dis­missed in De­cem­ber 2014. He joined Norwich as as­sis­tant to Alex Neil in 2016 and is cur­rently care­taker-man­ager at Car­row Road.

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