The latter worked as West Ham United manager David Moyes’ assistant last season but was moved last week to a role as technical advisor. Moyes could be set to promote him already, Irvine lined up for the director of football role in order to help oversee transfer business.
It would open McKinlay up for a Moyes reunion, first working with the West Ham United manager in La Liga at Real Sociedad while he was also a coach during Moyes’ first London spell.
McKinlay was last coaching with English Championship side Stoke City. Irvine made 24 appearances for Dundee United at the end of his playing career while McKinlay enjoyed a nine-year stint at Tannadice between 1985-1994, playing over 200 times. Both left Tayside for Blackburn Rovers, the pair Dundee United teammates for two seasons.
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