Toffees delighted to welcome back top coach

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Everton have appointed Alan Irvine, the club's former assistant manager under David Moyes, as their new head of Academy.

The 53-year-old left Goodison Park to pursue a management career in 2007, leaving with the blessing of Moyes to become manager of Preston North End. After two years at Deepdale, Irvine was relieved of his duties before taking the reigns at Sheffield Wednesday in January 2010.

After 13 months at Hillsborough, Irvine again found himself out of a job and has returned to the Toffees for a third time as part of the club's backroom staff. The Scot made 79 appearances for the club after arriving on Merseyside in 1981.

"I am delighted that someone of the calibre of Alan Irvine has agreed to rejoin the club," said Moyes.

"Once we knew Alan was available it made sense to bring him in as soon as possible and make the change quicker than expected."


One of Irvine's first tasks will be to travel to Moscow with an Under 21 side for an international tournament. The young Toffees will play two games in a competition against SC Freiburg, OFK Beograd of Serbia and host side Dynamo Moscow.

Irvine replaces Ray Hall in charge of the youth setup at the club, although the lifelong Blue is to take a role as international ambassador for the club after originally joining in 1991. It's a decision which has delighted Moyes.

"Ray has done a terrific job during his time with the Academy and we are delighted that he has agreed to play an active part in the handover and that he will remain an important part of the setup for a further three years," the Scottish boss concluded.

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