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Albion axe falls on Irvine

December 30, 2014 08:40:16 UK

West Brom have sacked Alan Irvine.

Alan Irvine has been sacked as West Brom manager after 19 Premier League games.

The Baggies are hovering just above the relegation places and speculation intensified over Irvine’s position following Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke.

The club have now decided to part company with the 56-year-old Scot, who replaced Pepe Mel at the helm in June.

Albion’s technical director, Terry Burton, said: “We appointed Alan in the summer convinced that we had taken on one of the foremost coaches in the UK and nothing that has happened since then has altered our view.

“But sadly that simply has not translated into results and they remain the ultimate currency of Alan’s position. Securing a sixth season in the Premier League is the over-riding target and sometimes unpleasant decisions have to be taken to serve that imperative.

“Alan has impressed everyone with his manner, dedication and diligence but he knows that results have simply not been good enough.”

Irvine had managed just four wins in the Premier League this season, with Albion priced at 2.75 to be relegated.

Rob Kelly and Keith Downing have been placed in caretaker charge for West Brom’s trip to West Ham on New Year’s Day, but the club hope to have appointed a new boss by the weekend.

Tony Pulis is available at 3.25 to be the next West Brom manager, while Tim Sherwood is priced at 1.44.

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