West Ham United fans were gutted to learn Alan Irvine was stepping down as assistant boss ahead of next season.
West Ham confirmed last month that the hugely respected Scot would be taking on a new technical advisory role to assist manager David Moyes and his coaching staff next season.
He is set to be replaced by Billy McKinlay.
Some fans concerned after Irvine stepped down and Jack Sullivan was linked with DoF role as Moyes contract delay continues
According to a statement on West Ham’s official website, 62-year-old Irvine made the decision to step aside from his full-time position but will remain an important and valued member of the manager’s staff, alongside first-team coaches Kevin Nolan, Paul Nevin and Stuart Pearce, and goalkeeper coach Xavi Valero.
But a new report from Scotland claims Irvine is now set to take on the role of director of football at West Ham.
And that will come as a huge relief to West Ham supporters who feared Jack Sullivan – the 21-year-old son of co-owner and majority shareholder David Sullivan – was being lined up for the role having stepped down from running West Ham Women.
Cold water was recently poured on reports that Sullivan junior could take on the DoF role.
Relief for worried Hammers as report claims Irvine could take up brand new role heading up transfers
But many West Ham fans have voiced fears that the delay in Moyes signing a new deal could be linked to his disapproval of plans to shoe horn Jack Sullivan in above him.
While that may well be a case of supporters putting two and two together and making five, they will nonetheless be mightily relieved by Not The Old Firm’s report that Irvine is now set for a brand new role overseeing recruitment.
“The latter (Irvine) worked as West Ham United manager David Moyes’ assistant last season but was moved last week to a role as technical advisor,” Not The Old Firm reports.
“Moyes could be set to promote him already, Irvine lined up for the director of football role in order to help oversee transfer business.
Smart move if true because nobody is more in tune with Moyes’s thinking than hugely respected Irvine
“It would open McKinlay up for a Moyes reunion, first working with the West Ham United manager in La Liga at Real Sociedad while he was also a coach during Moyes’ first London spell.”
If true it is a smart move from Moyes.
Irvine is Moyes’s closest ally in football and would know the West Ham manager’s thinking on transfers like nobody else.
It would ensure Moyes would only be targeting players HE wants and Sullivan does not start to interfere in recruitment again having taken a step back from his de facto DoF role since Moyes’s return.