Former City coach to join David Moyes’ backroom staff at West Ham United

PUBLISHED: 19:06 30 December 2019

Former Norwich City caretaker manager Alan Irvine is set to re-join David Moyes at West Ham United.
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Former Norwich City caretaker manager Alan Irvine is set to re-join David Moyes at West Ham United. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Ex-Norwich City caretaker boss Alan Irvine is set to join David Moyes at West Ham United in a coaching position.

Stuart Pearce is also set to join Alan Irvine in assisting David Moyes at West Ham, just as the pair did back in 2017/18. Picture: John Walton/PA ImagesStuart Pearce is also set to join Alan Irvine in assisting David Moyes at West Ham, just as the pair did back in 2017/18. Picture: John Walton/PA Images

Moyes was announced as the replacement for Manuel Pellegrini on Sunday and is tasked with stabilising the Hammers after a poor run of form has seen United get dragged into the Premier League relegation battle.

Irvine is set to re-join Moyes' coaching staff after assisting the ex-Manchester United boss in his previous roles with Everton and Preston North End.

He was a first-team coach under Alex Neil at Carrow Road and found himself propelled into the caretakers role following the Scot's dismissal in March 2017.

Irvine spent 10 matches in charge of the Canaries, including an impressive 7-1 thumping over Reading at Carrow Road. He averaged 1.70 points per game and gave James Maddison his first opportunity at the club.

Neil's departure paved the way for City to alter their structure, with sporting director Stuart Webber being appointed. Irvine subsequently departed the club following head coach Daniel Farke's arrival.

Moyes confirmed that Irvine and ex-England U21s boss Stuart Pearce would form part of his backroom staff as he attempts to save West Ham from the drop.

"I can confirm that Alan Irvine will definitely join me and I'm working on one or two others.

"Stuart Pearce has other commitments in other jobs but he is certainly under consideration, so it might take a few days to get things sorted," Moyes said in his opening press conference.

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