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Irvine Stays On In S6 - For Now

Irvine Stays On In S6 - For Now

Alan Irvine will remain as manager of Wednesday after receiving the backing of chairman Milan Mandaric today.

Wednesdayites have been calling for the sacking of Irvine following a 4-0 defeat at lowly Leyton Orient on Saturday which saw the Owls slump to 12th in npower League One.

It was Wednesday's fourth away league defeat on the spin and casts doubt over their prospects of promotion back to the Championship this season.

But, following a hoax e-mail last night which claimed Irvine had been sacked as Owls boss, the Owls chairman has backed Irvine.

'This is a difficult time for results but at the same time we all have to not panic,' he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

'We have a crucial game tomorrow night so we've got to get behind the players and the manager and give him a chance.'

Mandaric famously backed Paulo Sousa just days before his sacking as Leicester City boss early this season.

And the pressure will be firmly on Irvine to get maximum points from tomorrow night's clash with Yeovil Town at Hillsborough, and for the Owls to put in a performance to prove the team can turn their fortunes around this season.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday January 24 2011
Time: 4:49PM


dreaded vote of confidence BYE BYE AI
24/01/2011 16:59:00
I give him a month
24/01/2011 16:59:00
Chris Hughton, Martin O'Neill and Roy Hodgson are all available.
another irish owl
24/01/2011 17:03:00
ha martin o'neill - if only - he dint fancy sullivan and gold at west ham why would he fancy milan and league 1? would be brilliant manager but can't see it...
Patrick Blondeau
24/01/2011 17:09:00
Person I reckon
24/01/2011 17:17:00
Pearson or hughton I reckon
24/01/2011 17:18:00
number 1 is roland nilsson
Patrick Blondeau
24/01/2011 17:21:00
I think he won't be in charge until end of season.. we may well win tomorrow and Sat but then we will get thumped away at Peterborough. Nothing will change whilst he's in charge. Think the writing is firmly written on the wall. Not in top 4-6 end of month he will be gone.
24/01/2011 17:26:00
I mean in a months time end of month even for us supporters may be a little ambitious.
24/01/2011 17:27:00
We need a change of form quickly or we'll have a mountain to climb to make the top 2 or even the play-off's. I thought he made promising signings. Yet we're still getting thumped. It's not good enough if we're going to go up this season. If someone else comes in they need time to bring their own stamp on to the team. The longer we keep faith with Alan, the more likely it will become that we will start next season in the same division. Even with money, Alan Irvine isn't up to the task. O'Niell would be ideal. Though I doubt he'd come to a League 1 side.
24/01/2011 17:41:00
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