West Ham United fans have been wondering just how Alan Irvine’s West Ham role fits into David Moyes’s staff structure nowadays.
West Ham fans were gutted to learn highly respected coach Irvine was stepping down as assistant boss in the summer.
When the dust had settled on the club’s record breaking Premier League season, West Ham confirmed that the Scot would be taking on a new technical advisory role to assist manager and close friend Moyes and his coaching staff this season.
Irvine stepped down as Hammers assistant boss in summer
Hammers supporters will be aware that Billy McKinlay returned to the club to replace Irvine in the day-to-day coaching role at West Ham.
But it has been unclear exactly where and how Irvine fits into what is a complex setup devised by Moyes at the London Stadium.
Well now The Athletic journalist Roshane Thomas has revealed what Irvine’s new West Ham role entails.
Journalist lifts lid on Alan Irvine’s West Ham role and what it entails
“One month before (Moyes signed a new three-year deal in the summer), Alan Irvine stepped aside from his full-time position as assistant manager to become technical advisor,” Thomas reports in The Athletic.
“Irvine may have stepped back to have a more overarching view but Moyes and his staff regularly speak with the former Preston North End manager as much as three times a week.
“They use this opportunity to analyse the team’s performance and discuss progress the players have made.”
Irvine was said to be key to West Ham’s success last season.
Brentford dampener has seen questions start to be asked about West Ham’s organisation
Defeat to Brentford going into the international break has put a bit of a dampener on what has otherwise been an encouraging start to the season for West Ham.
But some areas of West Ham’s performances – namely set pieces both offensively and defensively – have noticeably dipped.
Indeed West Ham’s defensive organisation in general has been pretty average at best this season. The Hammers have shipped 10 goals – the joint seventh worst in the top flight.
Are Hammers missing Irvine’s direct influence?
That statistic is made all the more frustrating by the fact West Ham have scored the joint-third most goals (14).
How much of that is down to Irvine not being hands on anymore only Moyes and his staff will know.
It is encouraging to know Irvine still has an input. But his presence and experience around the training ground day in, day out is undoubtedly sorely missed.