Preston sack boss Alan Irvine after run of poor results
Irvine took charge of Preston in November 2007
Preston manager Alan Irvine has been relieved of his duties after just over two years in charge at Deepdale.
Chairman Derek Shaw made the move after Monday's 1-0 loss to Sheffield United.
North End were one place above the Championship relegation zone when the former Everton coach took over in November 2007, replacing Paul Simpson.
The 51-year-old took Preston to last season's Championship play-offs but a run of one win in 10 games has seen them slip from the top six to 16th.
They currently lie eight points away from both the Championship's play-off and relegation zones ahead of Saturday's FA Cup third round home date against Colchester. Irvine's assistant Rob Kelly has been put in temporary charge for Saturday's game.
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