Alan Irvine looking forward to West Bromwich Albion challenge

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Monday 16 June 2014

Irvine looking forward to West Brom challenge

New Albion head coach is impressed with club from the first team to the academy set-up

New West Brom head coach Alan Irvine worked with David Moyes at Everton

Alan Irvine says he is excited about West Bromwich Albion's potential after agreeing a deal to become the club's new head coach.

The 55-year-old former Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday manager will take over at the Hawthorns after he has signed off from his current role as Everton academy manager.

Irvine, who was assistant to David Moyes at Everton between 2002 and 2007 and helped the club claim three top-seven Barclays Premier League finishes, says he sees a lot of similarities between West Brom and the Merseyside club.

"I'm extremely excited about the challenge and I'll certainly give it everything I possibly can"
Alan Irvine

"The situation at this club is similar to what I went through at Everton when I went there with David," he told the Albion website. "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.

"I've got a great deal of respect for the club right the way from the first team through to the academy. I'm absolutely delighted to get the job."

Irvine takes over from Pepe Mel, who parted company with West Brom by mutual consent at the end of last season, and has signed a 12-month rolling contract.

The former Queen's Park, Everton, Crystal Palace, Dundee United and Blackburn Rovers winger moved into coaching after his playing career came to an end and had Academy roles at both Blackburn and Newcastle United.

He was appointed Preston manager in 2007 and led the team to the Championship play-offs in 2009.

"The Hawthorns is a place I have been as a visiting manager and assistant manager, and it is always difficult to get a result," Irvine said. "The fans are extremely passionate, terrific in getting behind the team, and I'm sure it is a great place to work as a player or a coach.

"My passion is for coaching and my strength is on the training ground, which is where we need to get the work done. I'm extremely excited about the challenge and I'll certainly give it everything I possibly can. I'll work however many hours it takes to make things work."

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