12 Jul 1958
Alan Irvine returned to West Ham United as a member of David Moyes' backroom team in December 2019, reuniting with the man he worked for during his fellow Scot's first spell at London Stadium.
Irvine had previously served on Moyes' coaching staff at both Preston North End and Everton, before spending seven months in east London in 2017/18.
The Glaswegian, born in July 1958, has managerial experience of his own, having taken the reins at Preston, Sheffield Wednesday and West Bromwich Albion and was most recently at Norwich City, where he served as assistant to Alex Neil.
A tricky winger during his playing days, Irvine turned out for Queen’s Park, Everton, Crystal Palace, Dundee United and Blackburn Rovers, helping the Toffees win the FA Cup in 1984 during his time at Goodison Park.
After winning promotion to the top flight with Blackburn in 1992, he retired to embark upon a career in coaching the following year, starting out as youth team coach at Ewood Park.
It was at Preston where he first worked alongside Moyes, joining the Lancashire club as assistant in 1998 before taking up a position as Academy director at Newcastle United.
A return to Goodison Park in 2005 saw him assist Moyes once more, before Preston came calling with his first managerial appointment two years later.
He led the Lilywhites to the Championship Play-Offs in the 2008/09 season and had later spells in charge of Sheffield Wednesday and West Brom - the latter his first taste of Premier League management - with a period as Academy manager back at Everton in between.
In recent seasons he has worked as assistant at both Blackburn and Norwich, and will now bring his considerable coaching experience to London Stadium for a second time.