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Preston sack manager Irvine

29 December 2009 16:35

LONDON (AFP) - Championship side Preston North End announced Tuesday they had sacked Alan Irvine as their manager.

Irvine leaves the north-west club just over six months after steering them into the second-tier playoffs, where the winners secure a place in the lucrative Premier League.

Former Everton assistant manager Irvine had been much praised since arriving at Deepdale in November 2007 but, following last season's top six finish, the club have struggled this term.

Preston chairman Derek Shaw decided a change was needed after Monday's 1-0 loss away to Sheffield United left North End with just one win in their last 10 league matches.

"The decision was not taken lightly," Shaw said. "Alan did an extremely good job in keeping us in the Championship and took us to the play-offs last season.

"However, after a good start to the 2009/10 campaign we have only picked up seven points from a possible 30 since our last away victory against Sheffield Wednesday on October 20.

"In that period we have only scored six goals and that sort of record is not something we could allow to continue without addressing it."

Preston are 16th in the table - eights points away from both the playoffs and the relegation zone - and they welcolme Colchester to Deepdale on Saturday for an FA Cup third round tie.

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Competition
Championship
Date
28 December 2009
Game week
24
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
Bramall Lane (Sheffield)
Attendance
25231

Goals

J. Ward 86'  
1 - 0

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Wednesday 22 October

Tuesday 21 October

23:59
23:57
23:50
23:47
23:44
23:24
23:19
23:01
23:00
23:00
22:51
22:44
22:43
22:40
22:04
22:00
21:19
21:05
20:59
20:25
20:01
20:00
19:53
19:22
18:22
18:20
18:14
18:10
17:44
17:01
16:45
16:02
15:06
14:57
14:37
14:04
13:04
10:48
10:06
10:00
06:20
05:25
05:16
04:44
04:37
04:19
04:01
03:23
03:07
02:25
02:14
02:12
01:12
00:11
00:07

Monday 20 October

23:49
23:29
23:01
22:24
22:06
22:02
21:25
21:13
21:04
19:54
19:47
19:21
19:19
19:03
18:35
18:20
18:17
17:50
17:22
17:20
16:54
16:38
16:00
15:53
15:47
15:29
15:24
15:15
14:56
14:43
14:35
14:34
14:22
14:08
13:22
13:11
13:09
12:36
12:14
12:11
11:54
11:02
10:45
10:14
09:42
09:22
08:40
08:21
07:29
07:18
06:55
06:28
05:42
05:14
05:11
04:49
04:41
03:55
03:44
03:34
03:15
03:02
02:37
02:15
00:51

League One table

# Team MP D P
1 14 +15 32
2 14 +8 26
3 12 +12 25
4 12 +12 23
5 13 +8 23

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