Alan Irvine Announced As New Head Coach
West Bromwich Albion have today ended our longer than expected search for a new head coach, and appointed Alan Irvine to the position.
With Tim Sherwood appearing as the main contender this last week, this is somewhat of a left field announcement, although of course the club hadn't said anything themselves as the speculation grew.
The 55 year old has agreed a 12 month rolling contract, and he will officially join us when he is released from his current role as Everton's Academy Manager.
Some may be concerned by his current role in football, but Irvine has long held his UEFA Pro Licence and does have immense Premier League experience as he assisted former Everton manager David Moyes during his time at the club, playing his part in helping them to finish in the top seven, three times in five seasons.
Joining Irvine at the club, will be joint assistant head coach Rob Kelly, who will work alongside Keith Downing, with Dean Kiely continuing as goalkeeping coach.
Technical Director Terry Burton told wba.co.uk of the appointment.
'I'm delighted we have been able to secure the services of Alan and Rob. With the support of Keith and Dean, we firmly believe we have put in place the right coaching team to move the club forward.'
Burton goes on to say that from the outset, the club wanted strong and reliable coaches to head the list, and Irvine was 'at the forefront of our thoughts' because of his association with the Premier League and with how he was regarded in wider footballing circles.
'In the end it came down to two outstanding candidates for the role. Following a detailed recruitment process, we decided Alan and the team around him are best suited to tackle the challenges we face.'
As well as a 22 year coaching career, roles at Academy level with Everton, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers, and his obvious involvement with managers, he has also been a manager himself, taking Preston North End to the Championship Play Offs in 2009, and Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship and League One.
He is also a former player for 15 years, starting with Queen's Park in Scotland, before going on to have spells with Everton, Crystal Palace, Dundee United and finally Blackburn Rovers.
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