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FORMER Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine has been appointed the head of the academy at Everton.

The Scot, who celebrated his 53rd birthday yesterday, left Goodison Park in 2007 to take over as manager of Preston and then moved on to the Owls before his sacking in February after just 13 months in charge.

Irvine, a winger with the Toffees in the 1980s, succeeds Ray Hall, who has retired from the position but will continue to work for Everton as an international ambassador.

Everton boss David Moyes, who brought in Irvine as his assistant in 2002, said: “I am delighted that someone of the calibre of Alan has agreed to rejoin the club. Once we knew Alan was available it made sense to bring him in as soon as possible.”