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Irvine Relishing Owls Challenge

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
Date:Friday January 8 2010
Time: 3:14PM

Comments

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not sure about having alan irvine as the new manager but we will see.
Handsworth Owl
08/01/2010 15:25:00
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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.
Worcesterwednesday
08/01/2010 15:37:00
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im very happy about this hes a good boss and has a good eye for good cheap players
dublin owl
08/01/2010 15:59:00
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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
08/01/2010 16:24:00
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...ye 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
regi_stinker
08/01/2010 16:39:00
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Absolutely delighted with this appointment. I think Strafford has got it spot on.
doitforlove
08/01/2010 17:28:00
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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 ...like 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!!
bladesforlife1889
08/01/2010 17:39:00
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Yea Straffords eventually got something right getting Irvine the only mickey mouse fan here is the**** who commented above !!
dicanio23
08/01/2010 17:46:00
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strap-on???? you moron, your comments make me believe that your parents are brother and sister, now go play with traffic.
ozzietheowl
08/01/2010 18:25:00
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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!!
bladesforlife1889
08/01/2010 20:35:00
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