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Eddie McGoldrick's tash
14-06-2014, 05:01 PM
A bit bizarre.

maestro
14-06-2014, 05:04 PM
Strange appointment, sort of one where it will either be fantastic or completly crash and burn.

carter
14-06-2014, 05:05 PM
Worst appointment I've ever seen. Are they bored of them Prem?

Mike Elwiss
14-06-2014, 05:05 PM
What's he been doing since Sheff Wed

Eddie McGoldrick's tash
14-06-2014, 05:06 PM
What's he been doing since Sheff Wed

Apparently was Everton academy manager until now

L'kooch
14-06-2014, 05:08 PM
very random

Adlerhorst
14-06-2014, 05:11 PM
They nearly appointed him a few managers back didn't they?

Danny boy
14-06-2014, 05:11 PM
Thats them going down

SA Eagle
14-06-2014, 05:11 PM
Cool. Hope they stick with him well into the New Year

Dave
14-06-2014, 05:12 PM
Is it that odd? Fits into their head coach rather than manager mould?

cpfc4evandeva
14-06-2014, 05:12 PM
Never done a particularly bad job anywhere has he?

beef
14-06-2014, 05:15 PM
One less team to worry about!

SA Eagle
14-06-2014, 05:17 PM
Never done a particularly bad job anywhere has he?

Not especially bad, apart from taking a poor Sheffield Weds team down, but nothing to inspire confidence as the number 1 in the PL either.

Mark_cpfc
14-06-2014, 05:17 PM
Gone by December.

cpfc4evandeva
14-06-2014, 05:18 PM
Alan Pardew was just as weird an appointment at Newcastle, he's worked out (mostly) ok.

I don't know if it'll work, I just don't think he should be written off so quickly.

beef
14-06-2014, 05:22 PM
Surprised by the lack of ambition - they've gone for the cheap option. Reminds me of Norwich.

TheMexicanHorse
14-06-2014, 05:24 PM
Bizarre as 'owt this one.

Even more strange than the former Spanish waiter they had in charge before.

Excellent fayre.

Eddie McGoldrick's tash
14-06-2014, 05:25 PM
Alan Pardew was just as weird an appointment at Newcastle, he's worked out (mostly) ok.

I don't know if it'll work, I just don't think he should be written off so quickly.

Agree he shouldnt be written off. Just find it a surprising appointment

beef
14-06-2014, 05:26 PM
Irvine wasn't good enough at PNE or Sheff Wed. Pardew had an ok record.

Typical Palace
14-06-2014, 05:44 PM
Good to see an ex Palace man back in the limelight. Hope he does well, but finishes below Palace

Jim Cannon
14-06-2014, 05:44 PM
WBA fan I know said he knew they were after a cheap option, I am looking forward to hearing what he makes of this though

Harry Bassett
14-06-2014, 05:52 PM
Could never understand why they got rid of Steve Clarke?

Typical Palace
14-06-2014, 06:01 PM
Gillet wearer in chief Tim Sherwood looks a bit of a goon for holding out for bigger deals for his coaches.

'Yeah Timbo, you're not all that, we'll go elsewhere'

jj62255
14-06-2014, 06:04 PM
Bizarre appointment :confused:

Ali77
14-06-2014, 06:06 PM
inspirational appointment.

swissroll
14-06-2014, 06:11 PM
Hope hes good at getting rid of players as that dressing room is big trouble

Pistol Knight
14-06-2014, 06:13 PM
http://www.new-606.co.uk/showthread.php?tid=27454

:D

Salisbury
14-06-2014, 06:19 PM
If I recall we paid 75,000 for Alan Irvine with 'Lifeline' support.

Looking2curl1
14-06-2014, 06:32 PM
I heard in Talksport that Dave Jones was the favourite about 3 weeks ago. Very strange.

Shipp Ahoy!
14-06-2014, 06:34 PM
Alan Pardew was just as weird an appointment at Newcastle, he's worked out (mostly) ok.

I don't know if it'll work, I just don't think he should be written off so quickly.

Alan Pardew had plenty of premier league experience and had done a half decent job. Irvine has never managed in the Premier league and hardly set anywhere else alight... very disappoint appointments!

Billy Rhino
14-06-2014, 06:51 PM
http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/7202/cpai85.jpg

L'kooch
14-06-2014, 06:52 PM
some guy on that 606 link makes a good point about stones and charles barkely

Eddie McGoldrick's tash
14-06-2014, 06:58 PM
some guy on that 606 link makes a good point about stones and charles barkely

Maybe but Stones isn't an Everton Academy product. Signed from Barnsley where he was a first team player. A 3 million transfer.

Adlerhorst
14-06-2014, 07:16 PM
some guy on that 606 link makes a good point about stones and charles barkely
Alan Irvine develops NBA legends?

cockles
14-06-2014, 07:24 PM
Hope he does well, but below us obviously. Be nice for guys like him to get the chance and defy critics.

Not sure how much the mess at Sheff Wed was down to him, I seem to remember him inheriting someone else's mess mid season that year.

Danny boy
14-06-2014, 07:32 PM
Would be an uninspiring appointment even for a Championship side

Jim Cannon
14-06-2014, 07:41 PM
WBA mate says their boards are in meltdown

Jim Cannon
14-06-2014, 07:42 PM
Alan Irvine develops NBA legends?

who cares about NBA

art malice
14-06-2014, 07:46 PM
http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/7202/cpai85.jpg

Great pic

Adlerhorst
14-06-2014, 07:47 PM
who cares about NBACharles Barkley?

JAS78
14-06-2014, 07:55 PM
And the strangest managerial appointment ever goes to...

Sir.S.C Remembered
14-06-2014, 08:00 PM
Laid a small bet on them to go down after in heard this. Not great odds mind.

Palace were joint 4th faves for the drop. Clearly never going to be fashionable.

Jim Cannon
14-06-2014, 08:00 PM
Charles Barkley?

Who?

JAS78
14-06-2014, 08:06 PM
Headlines tomorrow all england v Italy

Good day to bury this news for the west brom board.

the drexciyan
14-06-2014, 08:14 PM
Is that the flatterer hid around the corner of the WH?

http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/7202/cpai85.jpg

Typical Palace
14-06-2014, 08:21 PM
And the strangest managerial appointment ever goes to...
For me it's not as odd as Joe Kinnear at Newcastle

Typical Palace
14-06-2014, 08:24 PM
If I recall we paid 75,000 for Alan Irvine with 'Lifeline' support.

Irvine was pre Lifeline.

He was bought with the cash we got from Luton for Vince I imagine

Jim Cannon
14-06-2014, 08:37 PM
Irvine was pre Lifeline.

He was bought with the cash we got from Luton for Vince I imagine

And I think he cost more like 30K as well. I think Mark Bright was bought with Lifeline money though

cpfc4evandeva
14-06-2014, 08:38 PM
Alan Pardew had plenty of premier league experience and had done a half decent job. Irvine has never managed in the Premier league and hardly set anywhere else alight... very disappoint appointments!

I'm guessing you mean 'different'?

I don't think they are massively different myself. Pardew did ok with West Ham but they were going to get relegated, then he took over the sinking ship of Charlton and in the long term made them much, much worse.

Then he did a pretty average job with Saints in League 1 and bizarrely got the Newcastle job. That was a shock and the Saints fans were more than happy to see the back of him.

Sure he had Premier League experience, but so does Les Reed. Premier League experience should only really mean something if you did an alright job.

Jim Cannon
14-06-2014, 08:46 PM
Pardew did ok with West Ham but they were going to get relegated, then he took over the sinking ship of Charlton and in the long term made them much, much worse.


He did a great job at the Clowns like Dowie

cpfc4evandeva
14-06-2014, 08:49 PM
He did a great job at the Clowns like Dowie

:lux:

They've still not really recovered either.

http://oxfordstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Reed-bleacherreport.com_.jpg

French Eagle
14-06-2014, 09:32 PM
Good luck to him. A real gent. He remained a member of lifeline even after he left.

Worksop Palace
14-06-2014, 09:41 PM
:lux:

They've still not really recovered either.

http://oxfordstudent.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Reed-bleacherreport.com_.jpg

Was he in the army ?

cranesparkeagle
14-06-2014, 11:35 PM
weird choice. Went off him when he had a moan about us

Neil 154
15-06-2014, 12:06 AM
Remember him sticking one in against Forest and Clough in the snow. Always will like Alan for that.

Billy Rhino
15-06-2014, 12:35 AM
http://img692.imageshack.us/img692/7202/cpai85.jpg

What is great and even unique about this picture is that Alan Irvine was right-footed and yet he could actually take a corner with the other foot, how many modern footballers can do that?

Also, I must be somewhere in that picture as my early days were on the Whitehorse (it was called the Sainsbury's end then so best left in the past)

Norwoodguy
15-06-2014, 06:11 AM
In fairness to AI, not sure he should be written off so soon.
Not the trend media attention grabbing appointment every fan seems to want nowadays, but could be a solid, if unspectacular appointment

West Brom fans should be thankful they didn't get that tw*t Sherwood.

alf
15-06-2014, 07:40 AM
What is great and even unique about this picture is that Alan Irvine was right-footed and yet he could actually take a corner with the other foot, how many modern footballers can do that?

Also, I must be somewhere in that picture as my early days were on the Whitehorse (it was called the Sainsbury's end then so best left in the past)

Is that Len Chatterton's pitch rolling car in the bottom right hand corner of the photo?

stamford triumph
15-06-2014, 09:13 AM
Is that the flatterer hid around the corner of the WH?
It most certainly is - looking a bit more battered than I remember it.

Vince Hilaire's Afro
15-06-2014, 10:20 AM
What is great and even unique about this picture is that Alan Irvine was right-footed and yet he could actually take a corner with the other foot, how many modern footballers can do that?

Also, I must be somewhere in that picture as my early days were on the Whitehorse (it was called the Sainsbury's end then so best left in the past)

I can see me and my dad!

Vince Hilaire's Afro
15-06-2014, 10:22 AM
In fairness to AI, not sure he should be written off so soon.
Not the trend media attention grabbing appointment every fan seems to want nowadays, but could be a solid, if unspectacular appointment

West Brom fans should be thankful they didn't get that tw*t Sherwood.

I like Alan Irvine, but I imagine their fans are not too happy. I think, hand on heart we wouldn't be too optimistic if he'd been appointed at Palace.

Penstone Eagle
15-06-2014, 11:22 AM
Strange appointment, I guess WBA will one of the several clubs looking to get Pulis in Dec/ Jan.

KentEagle1
15-06-2014, 12:37 PM
Good luck to him as long as they finish below us

JAS78
15-06-2014, 03:11 PM
Strange appointment, I guess WBA will one of the several clubs looking to get Pulis in Dec/ Jan.

No chance. The West Brom board seem to have absolutely no idea when sacking and appointing managers, anyway they seem to prefer a cheap option.

Celestial Empire
15-06-2014, 08:39 PM
Small bonus - it will royally annoy those two prize "professional baggie" pains-in-the-neck Frank Skinner and (1M/year) Adrian Chiles.:hmph::hmph:

Jim Cannon
15-06-2014, 10:54 PM
Strange appointment, I guess WBA will one of the several clubs looking to get Pulis in Dec/ Jan.

No chance. They won't let him bring in his own staff and he will be head coach and not the manager

ElwissAtMemphis
15-06-2014, 11:10 PM
Who remembers Ian Wright's first goal for Palace (his first ever in the League)? From 1-2 down at home to Oldham with 4 minutes to go and Kevin Taylor drives home the equalizer. Then in the last minutes, Alan Irvine, attacking their left-back in inimitable style, curls a glorious cross to the far post at The Holmesdale Road End where the previously unheralded Mr Wright leapt at the far post to head home our winner to the dismay of about a dozen travelling supporters in The AW Stand. It didn't feel like it at the time, but an iconic moment of footballing history.

Considering the dross that usually passed through our payroll at the time, he was a top-quality acquisition. I suspect that it was the reputation of our, as then unproven, new manager Mr Coppell that started to attract players of that quality when we'd previously had to resort to the likes of Andy McCulloch, Les Strong, John Lacy and Tony Evans.

Anybody else recall how he drilled home the only goal in The FA Cup in Arctic conditions against Cloughie's top-flight sophisticates who had taken to the pitch in tights and gloves while us 'southern softies' out-fought them. He's also one of the select band of brothers to have scored in a Boxing Day victory against Brighton.

The bloke's one of our finest players from that era (admittedly with not a enormous amount of competition). Still, a fantastic player by the standards of what we'd been used to over the past few years. I've no idea about his managerial credentials in the top flight but he'll get a warm welcome from me when he comes back next season.

For anyone unfamiliar with his quality, here's his 2nd goal for Palace in what was his 10th appearance ...

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Enjoy a typically Zico-esque pass from Jerry Murphy's left boot out to Mr Irvine on the wing who does the rest. "... and he scores" enthuses Barry Davies as if it was just a flukey tap-in from 3 yards after a defensive blunder. If that had been Liverpool he'd have wet his pants. Nothing changes much after 30 years of punditry.

Vince Hilaire's Afro
16-06-2014, 12:55 AM
Alan Irvine often used to cut in from the wing and score with the 'other' foot. Very impressive skill

Martin H
17-06-2014, 11:27 AM
I lost track of him a bit but remember him being very highly rated by folk in the game while he was at Everton the first time. Reading the wiki doesn't read as a total disaster but it's difficult to tell anything from there. The appointment certainly bucks the trend of bringing in foreign managers with minimal Premier experience and so can't be all bad.

As much as I admired him as a player - here's hoping to a season of under-achievement for the guy . . .

CPFC_DAVE77
17-06-2014, 11:32 AM
Bold appointment.

Not writing him off there, as up until recently WBA has been a good club who appoint managers well. It has a whiff of Megson at Bolton about it although not quite that level.

They need to stop the rot and AI strikes me as a calming precence who knows how clubs like WBA operate - he'll be OK.

JAS78
17-06-2014, 11:32 AM
Most sheffielfd wednesday fans rate him as their worst ever manager, and they've had some shockers.

Will S
17-06-2014, 11:57 AM
Fond memories of Alan Irvine the player - but now have WBA and Burnley filling two of the three spots we need to finish above.

New LP
17-06-2014, 12:28 PM
I'm guessing you mean 'different'?

I don't think they are massively different myself. Pardew did ok with West Ham but they were going to get relegated, then he took over the sinking ship of Charlton and in the long term made them much, much worse.

Then he did a pretty average job with Saints in League 1 and bizarrely got the Newcastle job. That was a shock and the Saints fans were more than happy to see the back of him.

Sure he had Premier League experience, but so does Les Reed. Premier League experience should only really mean something if you did an alright job.

He got West Ham promoted and to a cup final. Irvine has no such achievements on his CV.

If West Brom had appointed someone like Chris Hughton, the comparison would be fair, but Irvine is someone who not even League One clubs have been interested in.

foxinthebox
17-06-2014, 12:57 PM
coach not manager
down

jrnicholson
19-06-2014, 04:42 AM
What is great and even unique about this picture is that Alan Irvine was right-footed and yet he could actually take a corner with the other foot, how many modern footballers can do that?



me! :p

(although I'm still playing regularly I am over 50 so maybe I cant be considered a "modern footballer" :( )