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Alan Irvine is a reluctant Norwich City figurehead

PUBLISHED: 07:05 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:42 10 April 2017

Alex Pritchard goes airborne to celebrate his second goal against Reading. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Pritchard goes airborne to celebrate his second goal against Reading. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alan Irvine remains a reluctant interim manager at Norwich City but insisted it is an honour to lead the club until the end of the Championship season.

Norwich City captain Russell Martin gave his shirt to the family of loyal club stalwart Peter Oldfield, who died recently. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdNorwich City captain Russell Martin gave his shirt to the family of loyal club stalwart Peter Oldfield, who died recently. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Irvine will declare at 10 games not out by the time QPR arrive at Carrow Road for the final weekend’s action on May 7.

One of Stuart Webber’s first acts as sporting director was to keep the Scot in temporary charge after meeting the club’s board on Friday evening.

Alex Neil’s former deputy made it clear he would not apply for the head coach position following Neil’s dismissal, but is prepared to fulfil his short term brief before deciding his next move.

“It is not what I want or was looking for when I came here. I have said before I didn’t want to be in this position but I am happy to do what the club want and I will do so to the best of my ability,” he said. “I will spend a lot of time making sure the team is fully prepared and then stand on that touchline and hope they do what they are supposed to do.

Wes Hoolahan and Alex Pritchard were too good for Reading. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdWes Hoolahan and Alex Pritchard were too good for Reading. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

“It is an honour to be doing this at this time and I will continue to work hard between now and the end of the season.

“It is good to get that little bit of clarity, but of course, the players know it will be somebody else coming in that they have to impress.

“I will just aim to keep things ticking along as well as I can between now and then.”

City’s inconsistent campaign was summed up in the last few days, with another away humbling at Huddersfield the precursor to an historic 7-1 romp against Reading.

Irvine is no doubt the central reason why City will be mere bystanders when the Chamionship reaches its climax.

“Our home form has been very, very good. Our away form is very, very poor. But I said it before this game our preparation for both is the same,” he said.

“Maybe not in terms of how we go about it for each opponent but certainly in the respect of how we analyse them and the work we do on the training ground, which is all geared to how we play in and out of possession.

“We put on extensive video sessions to paint the pictures for the players so they know exactly what is coming.

“Our away form is undoubtedly what has given us the problems and is something we aim to address before the end of this season. If not, it is something that certainly has to happen next season.

“You cannot compete at the top end of the table with an away record like the one we have got. That is clear for everyone to see.

“We have had more than one very good home performance, a number, but away just not nearly enough. We have lost too many points.”


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