Baggies go for Everton’s academy manager, after failing to agree terms with Tim Sherwood.
West Bromwich Albion have named Alan Irvine as their new head coach.
The 55-year-old ex Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday boss has signed a 12-month rolling contract at the Hawthorns.
Irvine played for Queen’s Park, Everton, Crystal Palace, Dundee United and Blackburn Rovers as a winger during his player career.
Younger football fans may know him as David Moyes former assistant manager at Goodison Park.
It is believed that Irvine was not West Brom’s first choice to replace Pepe Mel, who was sacked in May.
According to Sky Sports, former Tottenham Hotspur head coach Tim Sherwood had held lengthy talks with the Baggies, but the two parties were unable to agree personal terms.
Irvine will bring Rob Kelly to West Brom to work as joint assistant, alongside Keith Downing.
Meanwhile, Dean Kiely will remain as the club’s goalkeeping coach.
Irvine has been in charge of Everton’s academy since July 2011, helping to develop young players such as Ross Barkley and Luke Garbutt.
He has a strong reputation for working with youngsters, after doing similar jobs at Newcastle United and Blackburn.
Albion delighted to announce Alan Irvine will be appointed as their new Head Coach. He has agreed a 12-month rolling contract #wba 1/3
— WBAFCofficial (@WBAFCofficial) June 14, 2014