Source: Irvine in contention to be new West Ham director of football
Alan Irvine is a leading contender to be the new West Ham director of football, Football Insider has learned.
An overhaul of the club’s recruitment set-up was a key factor in Moyes committing to a new Irons contract earlier this month.
A West Ham source has told Football Insider that former Moyes number two Irvine is among those being considered for the key role heading up transfers and contract negotiations.
The Irons announced last month that Irvine, 62, had stepped aside from his full-time role of assistant manager to become a “technical advisor” to Moyes.
A statement explained that the Scot would remain a key member of the manager’s coaching staff without outlining what his responsibilities would be.
The role of director of football would certainly be more senior, and would also mean he did not answer to Moyes.
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However, the two jobs would come as a package in way they do not at other clubs.
The Hammers did appoint Mario Husillos as director of football when Manuel Pellegrini was manager but they were dismissed simultaneously in December 2019.
Irvine is believed to have quit his role in the dugout alongside Moyes for personal reasons.
A return to the north-west would not preclude him from overseeing transfers and contracts at a club in London.
Robbie Cooke, who worked with Moyes in senior recruitment roles at his former clubs Everton, Man United and Preston North End, is no longer being considered for the director of football role at West Ham.
Moyes has been working behind the scenes of the club to shake up the recruitment set-up.
A major criticism of West Ham in recent years is co-owner David Sullivan’s over-reliance on agents for the club’s transfer business ahead of proven talent spotters.