Norwich City’s top brass want Alan Irvine to stay

Norwich City's top brass want Alan Irvine to remain at the club. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Imag

Norwich City's top brass want Alan Irvine to remain at the club. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's top brass want Alan Irvine to be part of the new era at Carrow Road.

Irvine is in temporary charge for three more Championship games but the club's hierarchy value the experienced Scot.

The 58-year-old stepped in after Alex Neil was dismissed prior to the international break and has plotted a 7-1 league win over Reading and Easter Monday's 3-1 away success at Preston.

Irvine believes his longer term future will hinge on Stuart Webber's choice as head coach. City's sporting director aims to unveil Neil's permanent replacement at the start of a huge summer for the Canaries.

'What Stuart did say to me is the board would like me to be here next season but the realistic thing is the new head coach will make that decision,' he said. 'It is all very well to say we want the new head coach to only bring in one other person but if he is in a position of strength and demands more than that clearly that can affect the club's approach, in terms of existing staff. I fully understand that. I went in at Sheffield Wednesday and took the people in I wanted. If that happens in reverse to me, so be it. That is the way it goes. Other people will make that decision and I will have to go by whatever it is.

'I have really enjoyed working with the players. I have said plenty of times it wasn't what I was looking for. This is not why I came to Norwich. I don't know how they feel but overall I feel they have responded well, in what is a difficult time for everyone at the football club.'

Irvine is not in the running to replace Neil.

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'That has been made fairly clear,' he said. 'I have never applied for a job and at my age I am not going to start now. Anybody who is thinking about me for a job knows where I am and can get in touch with me.

'I will just wait and see what the club want me to do next season and that will be dependent on who they appoint as a head coach and whether, first and foremost, he thinks there is a role for me. Secondly, if he does whether I feel there is a role for me.

'I am at a stage where I work for enjoyment rather than money and if I am not enjoying it I wouldn't want to be doing it. There is plenty of life left in me yet but the golf course is beckoning, there are holidays and tennis.'