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Irvine Relishing Owls Challenge

New Wednesday boss Alan Irvine insists he's 'relishing' the challenge of turning the fortunes of the Owls around this season, and in the long-term future.

The former Preston North End boss became Owls chairman Lee Strafford's first managerial appointment today, succeeding Brian Laws who left the club last month following a string of bad results.

And although realising that the task in hand is a tough one, Irvine is confident he's the man to help keep Wednesday in the Championship this term.

'The short term is simple - keep this club in the Championship,' he told the official SWFC website.

'We need to have a huge turnaround in terms of the form for the second half of the season and we need the wins.

'So short term, it's exactly the same as when I went in at Preston. I joined them when they were in danger of relegation and I managed to get them out of trouble and get Preston safe with four games to go. I would be absolutely delighted if I could do the same again here.

'Longer term, obviously it is to take this club into the top half of the table and compete at that end. Again, if we could replicate what was done in my second season at Preston, I would be delighted.'

Irvine is set to take charge of his first game as Wednesday boss next Saturday, weather permitting, when the Owls face a tough local derby clash at Barnsley.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 8 2010

Time: 3:14PM

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not sure about having alan irvine as the new manager but we will see.
Handsworth Owl
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08/01/2010 15:25:00

I think that Irvine will turn out to be a good appointment for us. He has bags of experience at this level and above and is used to working on limited budgets. We do have a decent squad and should be doing much better than we currently are. All the players need is confidence and hopefully Irvine can do that.
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08/01/2010 15:37:00

im very happy about this hes a good boss and has a good eye for good cheap players
dublin owl
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08/01/2010 15:59:00

worcester i agree he will probably be a good appointment, if not exciting, but we do not have a good squad - come on be realistic.
Radon Barrier
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08/01/2010 16:24:00 great appointment, but we don't have a good squad, this is a very important month for us in terms of hopefully getting some new blood in on loan
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08/01/2010 16:39:00

Absolutely delighted with this appointment. I think Strafford has got it spot on.
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08/01/2010 17:28:00

a real big name like strap-on said he would appoint. this will deffinately generate loads of interest in terms of financial resources into the club!!...remember strap-on said it's up to the fans to turn up week in week out otherwise there will be no cash to spend and when no-one invests it will be down to the fans....a micky mouse chairman that black mails the fans...quality!!
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08/01/2010 17:39:00

Yea Straffords eventually got something right getting Irvine the only mickey mouse fan here is the**** who commented above !!
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08/01/2010 17:46:00

strap-on???? you moron, your comments make me believe that your parents are brother and sister, now go play with traffic.
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08/01/2010 18:25:00

give it until the end of the season when irvine is sacked, strap-on walks away because of the abuse and you are mid table in league 1 averaging 14,000 week in week out!!
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08/01/2010 20:35:00

Brilliant choice- if you've heard 606 last 2 weeks the Preston fans were not happy he was sacked. Moyes really rated him as have other top managers like Daglish. We need to give him time but miles better than Shearer, W*nker Warnock and Megson.
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08/01/2010 20:53:00

I'll hold my words and just support the guy. It's a new year, he has a clean slate. Hopefully he'll do the business. Thanks to the weather he may have a couple of weeks to assess his squad and start making changes. Good luck Mr Irvine.
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08/01/2010 21:20:00

pretty pleased with the appointment. hopefully with his contacts we can get sum decent loans in with the parent club paying all their wages(i can dream-lol) but i dont believe the investment will happen!!! cant believe ive heard people are already slating the appointment!!!
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08/01/2010 21:57:00

Mixed feelings on this one but lets see what he can do. To be honest didn't know him really until he took over at Preston but sounds like he done a sound job under Moyes and done fairly well with Preston. Keep us up and he will be a hero this yearI think.
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09/01/2010 00:10:00

once he gets his players in he will make us a decent team, could now get the loans from everton that BL talked about i also belive that he's a mate of sir alex who knows but i for one think he's a good manager.
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09/01/2010 00:45:00

dont shoot me anyone but I hope he goes for big jon parkin, he's the biggest handful of a striker in this league and would help us keep the ball in the final 3rd of the pitch, something we just dont seem to be able to do. I said we should have signed him in the summer but got shot down, then we played preston and ripped our defence apart and scored, Im pleased with Irvine and think given time will do the business
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09/01/2010 09:13:00

He did well with Preston who always got rid of there better players. Hopefully he can get the best out of the current players (which has not happened all season) and maybe get a few decent loan players or do a bit of wheeler dealing to get some more players with real fight.
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09/01/2010 09:26:00

i work with a preston fan who was gutted when they sacked him i for one am pleased with this appointment
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09/01/2010 17:19:00

i had a winge at first but lets face we are not going to get massive name and i hope he does well we cant really judge him on past record because not much to go on so lets hope he is great manager and gets us where we belong! good luck irvine barmy army!
bodsy owl
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10/01/2010 02:09:00

I spend a lot of time in Preston and their fans thought he was awsome. They were shocked when he was sacked. I'm quite pleased with the appointment, he's as good as we were gonna get and it could have been oh so much worse with some of the names being banded around. Hope he can get some decent results with the resources we've got. Lets get behind him with the Blue and White army. Oh and just a suggestion, its just best to ignore the low lives who make comment on our site or just quote the numbers 2018. I've noticed they really dont like those numbers for some reason LOL.
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10/01/2010 12:50:00

Big Tony. I'm won't shoot you, I hear what your saying about Parkin as he murders us every time he plays us. But if you look at his goals per season it appears that we are the only team he scores against!
Hirsty's Shinpads
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12/01/2010 10:15:00


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