The former West Brom boss has opened up about his Hawthorns departure.
Irvine was relieved of his duties at the Hawthorns after a poor campaign led the Baggies to being in genuine danger of relegation - or at least being involved in a relegation dogfight until the very end of the season.
West Brom chiefs eventually decided enough was enough and ended the 56-year-old's reign at the club, replacing him with Tony Pulis.
And Irvine has revealed the nature of his 'surprise' sacking disappointed him - as he wasn't allowed to thank his players and staff properly before leaving.
“I was very much expecting to go back in to work the next day and it came as a surprise. Not a total shock but as a surprise," the Scot told Sky Sports News.
“One of the disappointing things was that I didn’t get the opportunity to go in and thank the players and thank the staff in person because it was felt, and understandably, that it might be better for me to go into the club and clear my office after everybody had gone and things were a bit quieter."
Irvine's words paint the picture of a kind, good-natured individual. What he describes as 'understandable' could very easily be seen as cowardly by some neutrals. Why couldn't the sacked West Brom boss say goodbye to his staff at the time - why should the hierarchy have hidden away from their decision?
In the end, of course, it very much looked like the right call. Pulis has steadied the ship at West Brom since Irvine's departure and perhaps that was exactly the Scot's problem all along. Was he just too nice to sort a side like the Baggies out?