Date: 8th January 2010 at 3:15pm
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New Wednesday boss Alan Irvine insists he’s ‘relishing’ the challenge of turning the fortunes of the Owls around this season, and in the long-term future.

The former Preston North End boss became Owls chairman Lee Strafford’s first managerial appointment today, succeeding Brian Laws who left the club last month following a string of bad results.

And although realising that the task in hand is a tough one, Irvine is confident he’s the man to help keep Wednesday in the Championship this term.

‘The short term is simple – keep this club in the Championship,’ he told the official SWFC website.

‘We need to have a huge turnaround in terms of the form for the second half of the season and we need the wins.

‘So short term, it’s exactly the same as when I went in at Preston. I joined them when they were in danger of relegation and I managed to get them out of trouble and get Preston safe with four games to go. I would be absolutely delighted if I could do the same again here.

‘Longer term, obviously it is to take this club into the top half of the table and compete at that end. Again, if we could replicate what was done in my second season at Preston, I would be delighted.’

Irvine is set to take charge of his first game as Wednesday boss next Saturday, weather permitting, when the Owls face a tough local derby clash at Barnsley.