Alan Irvine turned down five jobs between leaving Norwich City and becoming assistant at West Ham

Former Norwich interim head coach Alan Irvine has joined West Ham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus

Former Norwich interim head coach Alan Irvine has joined West Ham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

West Ham have confirmed former Norwich City coach Alan Irvine as one of three assistants to new manager David Moyes.

The Scot has been out of work since leaving City in June, having overseen the final 10 matches of last season as interim head coach following Alex Neil’s sacking.

“I’m delighted to be given this opportunity and am really looking forward to the challenge ahead,” Irvine told West Ham’s website, as he was confirmed as an assistant alongside Stuart Pearce, with Billy McKinlay set to join them.

“I obviously know David well from our time together at Preston and Everton, and it was certainly a big attraction to work with him again, as was the thought of coming to a club like West Ham.

“This is the sixth job I have been offered since leaving Norwich at the end of last season – some of which were very attractive – but it’s the first one that has persuaded me to accept, so I hope that says a lot about how excited I am to be here.


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“The prospect of working in the Premier League, at a great club, and alongside David, meant that it was an opportunity I couldn’t resist, and I hope that I can now make a positive contribution.”

The 59-year-old took over at Norwich on an interim basis in March and led the Canaries to five wins and two draws during his time in charge, including a notable 7-1 thrashing of Reading at Carrow Road to guide City to eighth in the final Championship standings.

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He left his role as first team coach a couple of weeks after the arrival of head coach Daniel Farke and his backroom team from Germany in May.

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