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.”


  • Helsinki baggie
    1 year ago

    12months contract says a lot in my view – Alan Irvine is an expedient choice who will be quickly discarded if things go wrong (albionattitudes.blogspot.com)

  • Dave B
    1 year ago

    Disgraceful appointment. Total lack of ambition! How did it take five weeks to appoint him?
    Probably waited until the season tickets had been sold. Peace treats supporters like mugs.

  • Richard White
    1 year ago

    He certainly says the right things about loving coaching and how passionate he is about it unfortunately the facts are that he’s pretty useless at it. I love golf and am so passionate about it but I can’t get of +14 does this mean I entering the Open????