Under-fire West Brom boss close to the chop

West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine is in danger of becoming the second Premier League manager to get the sack this weekend should his Baggies side lose heavily to Stoke City.

Earlier this week Neil Warnock became the first managerial casualty of the season when Crystal Palace decided to relieve him of his duties with the Eagles struggling in the relegation zone.

The Baggies are just two points better off than Palace and have won just twice in their last thirteen games in all competitions. A defeat against Stoke on Sunday could seal the fate of a man who was only appointed as head coach of the Midlands side in the summer following the departure of Pepe Mel.

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace is believed to be unconvinced that Irvine is the man to lead his side to a mid-table finish, which was his minimum requirement at the start of the campaign.

The 56 year-old Scot had no top-flight managerial experience prior to taking up the mantle at the Hawthorns, and a failure to pick up a positive result at the Britannia could spell the end for Irvine in the Premier League.

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