The 26-year-old was signed by West Brom for a club-record £10 million fee this summer but failed to hit the ground running at the Hawthorns.
Recently, Ideye appeared to blame former manager Irvine for not giving him enough playing time but, now, the forward has offered a remarkable apology to the Scot.
Indeed, Ideye feels Irvine would still be in with a job at the Baggies had he hit form earlier in the season himself.
“If I was doing then what I am doing now the whole thing would have been different," the West Brom striker told the Mirror.
“Unfortunately I can’t turn back the hands of time. Alan really did encourage me but I didn’t pick it up fast enough. I’m sorry.”
Ideye is now back in among the goals under new boss Tony Pulis and looks a completely different striker to the one who struggled to hit the back of the net at the start of the campaign.
And the West Brom man has attempted to explain his early struggles - admitting it was even difficult to sleep at the time.
“It is not about the old Brown Ideye being back, he was never gone, but maybe he is getting back to his best," Ideye said.
“I had so many calls from back home saying are you ok, what is really happening? It was difficult to sleep because I knew I could do much better. I was worrying."
West Brom travel to the Stadium of Light later today to face Sunderland at 3pm, when the 26-year-old will no doubt hope to score once (or twice) more for Pulis's side as their bid to ensure Premier League survival continues.