Report: Hearts interview Alan Irvine after recommendation from his one-time Everton and Norwich colleague, Steven Naismith

11th August 2018, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Heart of Midlothian versus Celtic; Steven Naismith celebrates with Kyle Lafferty after the goal...

Irvine previously had spells on the coaching staff at Everton and Norwich City.

Norwich manager Alan Irvine during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Norwich City at Galpharm Stadium on April 5, 2017 in Huddersfield, England.

Hearts have interviewed Alan Irvine after a recommendation from a player he worked with at Everton and Norwich City, according to The Daily Record.

The newspaper claims that Irvine's name was volunteered by Steven Naismith, the current Hearts striker.

And he is said to be a contender for the Edinburgh side's vacant manager and sporting director jobs.


Irvine was last employed as assistant to another of his former Everton colleagues, David Moyes, at West Ham United.

But he previously the number two at Norwich, where he reunited with Naismith in July 2016 after the pair had spent season together at Everton earlier in the decade.

Irvine, who hails from Glasgow, has also managed in his own right at Preston, Sheffield Wednesday and West Bromwich Albion.

20th January 2019, Tynecastle Park, Edinburgh, Scotland; Scottish Cup football fourth round, Heart of Midlothian versus Livingston; Referee William Collum speaks with Steven Naismith of...

Norwich are reported to have paid Everton around £8 million for Naismith, but released the 33-year-old at the end of his contract earlier this year.

Everton and Norwich fans - would Irvine be a good appointment for Hearts?

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