New West Brom boss wants to utilise club’s academy

West Brom manager Alan Irvine believes the Baggies’ academy will play a major part in his time at the Hawthorns, as reported by the club’s official site.

Irvine has enjoyed success as an assistant manager but was a shock choice for Albion who also interviewed sacked Spurs boss Tim Sherwood.

Irvine is desperate to make a good impression to the Baggies fans and wants to add players to his squad as soon as possible, with the academy playing a major role.

“I’m absolutely delighted to get the job,” said Irvine.

“I’ve got a great deal of respect for the club right the way from the first team through to the Academy.

“The situation at this club is similar to what I went through at Everton when I went there with David.

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“It is run very sensibly and, as a result of that, any head coach coming in has got a great chance of doing a good job.

“A number of the players who have had success in the Premier League with the club are still here.

“But it’s a small squad at this moment in time and, clearly, the first job is going to have to be to get some more players in.

“My passion is for coaching and I believe my strength is on the training ground, which is where we need to get the work done.”