West Brom fires manager Alan Irvine

Tuesday December 30th, 2014

West Bromwich Albion​ has fired manager Alan Irvine, according to The Guardian.

Irvine took over as manager in June on a 12-month contract. The move comes one day after West Brom lost 2-0 to Stoke City. West Brom is currently in 16th in the Premier League with 17 points.

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From a statement by Albion's technical director, Terry Burton:

"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."

Rob Kelly, assisted by fellow assistant head coach Keith Downing, in now caretaker charge of the team, according to The Guardian.

Irvine previously served as manager of Everton F.C. Reserves and Academy, Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday.

West Brom next plays West Ham on Jan. 1. 

- Molly Geary

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