BREAKING: Sheffield Wednesday confirm Alan Irvine has gone

Owls Manager Alan Irvine
Owls Manager Alan Irvine
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday today confirmed that they have parted company with manager Alan Irvine, writes Paul Thompson.

Assistant boss Rob Kelly and coach Billy Barr are in charge until a successor is appointed.

A statement from Hillsborough said: “Sheffield Wednesday have parted company with manager Alan Irvine.

“Assistant manager Rob Kelly and coach Bill Barr will oversee first-team affairs until a new manager is appointed.

“The club would like to thank Alan for his services and wish him well for the future.”

Chairman Milan Mandaric is set to give his thoughts later today.

Crisis talks were called yesterday after the club’s 5-3 defeat at Peterborough on Tuesday night.

The Owls are currently mid-table, lying 12th - just five points clear of the bottom four in League One - the old Division Three.

They have failed to win in their last six league games and conceded 19 goals

Irvine, aged 52, who signed a three-and-a-half year deal in January last year, was in charge for just 13 months.

Mandaric had backed the under-fire manager last week and with Wednesday just eight points adrift of the League One play-off places, he will now be wanting a quick replacement to push for promotion.

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