West Brom sacked their manager Alan Irvine, who became the second casualty of the season, after Neil Warnock’s sacking three days ago. Irvine was sacked yesterday, after the 2-0 away defeat to Stoke City on Sunday. The result has left the Baggies perilously close to the relegation zone after a run of only two wins in 13 games this season.  Irvine was appointed in June, when he became the third head coach of West Brom in a year. Under his leadership the West Midlands club won just four of 19 league games.

West Bromwich Albion, also known as West Brom or The Baggies, were formed in 1878 and have played at its home ground, The Hawthorns, since 1900.  Their Chairman, Jeremy Peace, weighed up his options; although genuinely fond of Irvine, his upmost priority is to stay in the Premier League.  

Irvine, 56, born in Glasgow, was a former professional player; he played as a winger for five different clubs in Scotland and England during a 15 year playing career. He then became a coach, assisting David Moyes at Preston North End and then Everton.

A key factor in Irvine’s lack of popularity with a number of West Brom supporters is that he was comparatively untested as a Premier League manager; the fans were dismayed that the former Everton assistant manager was given a chance to manage a Premier League club, and they have never taken to him.  

Irvine, who has had previous spells managing teams like Preston and Sheffield Wednesday was a surprise appointment at the Hawthorns in June 2014 and came under fire very quickly.   

However, Irvine was very popular with the first team squad; the Scot had the backing of the players at the Hawthorns, with Irvine’s first signing as a West Brom manager being former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, who stated that the player’s loyalty to their manager had never been in question.

Baggies are facing an in-form West Ham team away on New Year’s Day.  They also have a home-tie in the FA Cup this weekend against non-league Gateshead. The Midlands club say they expect to be able to name Irvine's successor by the weekend.

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