Irvine admits to West Brom tight-rope

December 29, 2014 07:32:22 UK

Under-pressure manager Alan Irvine has said he will ignore the West Brom boo-boys and is determined to turn around the club’s fortunes.

Albion are one point above the bottom three after suffering a seventh defeat in nine matches in a 2-0 loss at Stoke in the Premier League on Sunday courtesy of a brace from striker Mame Diouf.

Irvine, who joined the club last summer on a 12-month rolling contract as Spanish boss Pepe Mel’s replacement, said he accepted patience was wearing thin but vowed to carry on in the face of criticism from sections of supporters.

“I want to carry on,” said the Scot. “I still want to do this job and I want to see it turning around, and that is not going to change.

“I understand people are frustrated – I’m frustrated and so are the players.”

The under-fire Scot was targeted by angry Baggies fans as he walked to the Britannia Stadium tunnel at full-time.

The former Sheffield Wednesday and Preston manager has masterminded just four wins of 19 top-flight matches since he arrived at The Hawthorns.

“I can understand fans expressing that frustration. That is the nature of the job,” he added.

“If anyone is to take it, I am the person that is standing there. I stand out there and I don’t hide – I’m there to be shot at.

“And, obviously, ultimately I make the final decisions, so, certainly, I’m prepared to take the criticism.”

West Brom are currently priced 3.00 to be relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.

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