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Alan Irvine
Personal information
Full name Alan James Irvine[1]
Date of birth 12 July 1958 (1958-07-12) (age 51)[1]
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Sheffield Wednesday (manager)
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)
Teams managed
2007–2009 Preston North End
2010– Sheffield Wednesday
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

James Alan Irvine (born 12 July 1958), more commonly known as Alan Irvine, is a Scottish former footballer who is the manager of Sheffield Wednesday.



Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Irvine studied for qualifications as an insurance broker whilst playing for Queen's Park. He went on to play 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 begin.

Coaching career

Irvine returned to Goodison Park 18 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.

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. He was appointed manager of Sheffield Wednesday on 8 January 2010.[6] His first game in charge of the Owls was a success, seeing Sheffield Wednesday come away 2-1 winners away at local rivals Barnsley. The Wednesday fans were quickly singing his name. The 2-1 win at Oakwell was quickly followed by another away win at Bloomfield Road against high-flying Blackpool, by the same scoreline (2-1). On Irvine's first game in charge at Hillsborough, the Owls walked away with another 2-1 victory, this time against Peterborough United, resulting in 9 points in his first week as manager. After an impressive spell of 4 wins and 1 loss, Alan Irvine was named Championship Manager of the month for January 2010.

Managerial statistics

As of 13 March 2010.
Team Nation From To Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Preston North End  England 20 November 2007 29 December 2009 111 45 26 40 40.5
Sheffield Wednesday  England 8 January 2010 Present 13 6 2 6 42.8


  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946-2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 316. ISBN 1852916656. 
  2. ^ "Preston unveil Irvine as new boss". BBC Sport. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  3. ^ "Preston boss scoops monthly award". BBC Sport. 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  4. ^ "Football News | Match Facts | Sheff Utd v Preston - 11th May 2009". Sky Sports. 2009-05-11.,19762,11065_3144220,00.html. Retrieved 2009-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Preston sack boss Alan Irvine after run of poor results". BBC Sport. 2009-12-29. He was joined by coaching staff from Deepdale, Rob Kelly and Billy Barr. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  6. ^ Sinnott, John (2010-01-08). "Irvine appointed Wednesday boss". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 

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