West Ham manager David Moyes took a heavy blow when his No.2 Alan Irvine resigned for personal reasons just days after helping guide the club to the Europa League … with Billy McKinlay among the contenders for the replace
- Alan Irvine takes decision to step down from full-time West Ham duties
- London’s location is seen as a factor in Irvine’s decision to leave
- Irvine to take on consulting role with Hammers next season
- Billy McKinlay is available after stepping down as Stoke’s assistant in April
West Ham boss David Moyes will appoint a new assistant coach, with current No.2 Alan Irvine stepping down.
In news that will come as a blow to Moyes, coach Irvine makes the decision to step down from full-time duties as Moyes’ right-hand man for personal reasons.
West Ham’s location in London is seen as a factor in Irvine’s decision given that her family is based in the north.
Alan Irvine (L) has made the decision to quit his post as assistant to David Moyes at West Ham
The 62-year-old, however, will take on a consulting role with the Hammers next season.
Irvine is one of the most respected coaches in British football and his departure leaves a significant hole in Moyes’ staff.
Sports messaging understands that former Scotland international Billy McKinlay is among the contenders to replace Irvine.
Billy McKinlay (C) is among the candidates to replace Irvine as Moyes’ No.2 at London Stadium
The 52-year-old worked under Moyes during his first tenure at London Stadium. However, it is understood that there are at least two other candidates for the post.
McKinlay, who has held coaching positions at Fulham, Watford, Real Sociedad and Sunderland, is available after stepping down as Michael O’Neill’s assistant at Stoke in April.
Moyes and Irvine worked together successfully last season, leading the club to Europa League qualification and a Premier League points record.
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