And the West Brom star says he wasn't allowed to develop any rhythm due to a lack of playing time under Irvine.
With new boss Tony Pulis, Ideye says, things are much different. The Nigerian striker has scored twice in two Premier League games under the Welshman and insists his philosophy is much more compatible with the new West Brom boss.
"I didn't really have that much [playing] time when Alan was here," Ideye said.
"This time is really different because I have more time and more of a role to play, holding the ball up is what I am good at.
"The way Tony wants me to play suits my game. Right now, I'm just in the right place. He likes strikers to work hard even if you don't score"
The 26-year-old will likely be called upon again by Pulis as West Brom take on West Ham in the FA Cup during Saturday's early kick-off.
Ideye will hope he can keep finding the back of the net, thereby alleviating the pressure on 21-year-old Saido Berahino, the Baggies' top scorer this term by a considerable distance.
West Brom's 2-0 win over Swansea City on Wednesday night, meanwhile, leaves them 14th in the Premier League table, four points above the relegation zone.