Irvine guided Preston to last season's Championship play-offs
Championship side Sheffield Wednesday have appointed former Preston boss Alan Irvine as their new manager.
The 51-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Hillsborough and replaces Brian Laws, who left the club by mutual consent in December.
Irvine was sacked as manager at Deepdale shortly before Christmas after two years in charge.
"I am delighted. It is a club with great traditions and a brilliant outlook for the future," Irvine said.
"While the league table shows us that there is a lot of hard work in front of us between now and the end of the current season, it's a challenge I'm relishing and I believe the squad here at Hillsborough is more than capable of pulling away from the current situation at the bottom of the Championship.
"Sheffield Wednesday has made excellent progress off the pitch in the past 12 months and it is now my job to make sure that progress is mirrored on the pitch.
"I'm really looking forward to starting work with the players and I can't wait to get out on the training pitch to start preparing for the vital matches we have coming up this month."
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