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15 April 2017

A return to familiar surroundings for City's Interim Head Coach

ALAN Irvine is hoping for a winning return to Preston North End when he takes his Norwich City side to Deepdale on Easter Monday (3pm).

Irvine enjoyed a successful two-year stint in charge at City's hosts between 2007 and 2009, guiding them away from relegation trouble in the second tier and into the play-offs.

He told reporters ahead of the game: "I'm looking forward to going back, there's no doubt about it.

"I had a really good time at Preston. We took over a team that was bottom of the league and within 18 months we were in the play-offs.

"There are a lot of happy memories of my time there and I still get very well received at Preston whenever I go there.

"From a personal point of view I'm looking forward to going back but you only enjoy it if you put in a performance."

Speaking after Friday's home defeat to Fulham, Irvine admitted that changes are likely for the game against Simon Grayson's Lilywhites.

"I'll need to assess how everyone is in terms of the medical side of things and the physical and mental side of things. The chances are there will be some changes," he added.

"We're fully aware of the commitment the away fans make and it would be great if we could finish off with a couple of good performances on the road."

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