31 Dec 2009


The League Managers Association (LMA) can confirm that Alan Irvine and Preston North End have parted company after Irvine received formal notice of termination of his employment from the football club with immediate effect.

Irvine started his coaching career as Academy Director at Blackburn Rovers and then at Newcastle United before returning to Goodison Park to join the coaching staff, 18 years after having left as a player. Irvine took charge of Preston North End on 20 November 2007.

Irvine stated;

“I am deeply shocked and saddened that my contract with Preston North End has been terminated. I am proud to have managed a club that has tremendous roots in football history and of my achievements there, most significantly, reaching the 2007/08 Play-Off Finals. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all of the players, all of whom have been 100% behind me, and also to my staff.  Finally, I would like to thank the fans for their support and wish the club every success in the future.””

Commenting on Irvine's departure, LMA Chief Executive, Richard Bevan, said;

"Alan has been, and remains, a highly respected coach since his playing days, having worked under mentors such as Kenny Dalglish, Steve Coppell and Davd Moyes. When Alan took over as manager of Preston North End, they were in a relegation battle. He guided the Club to a respectable 15th place in the 2007/08 season and, in the following season, his first full season in charge, Alan led Preston to the Play-Offs. Alan's achievements as a manager were acknowledged when he was subsequently named the Coca-Cola Football League Championship Manager of the Month for April. I am positive that a manager of Alan's pedigree, who's win ratio is 40.5% in 111 matches in charge, will be back in management in the not too distant future."