West Brom sack Alan Irvine

The 56-year-old leaves the Hawthorns with the side in 16th place, while the club expect to appoint a permanent replacement by the weekend

West Brom have confirmed Alan Irvine has been sacked as the club’s manager.

The 56-year-old leaves the Hawthorns after just six months in charge with the club currently 16th in the Premier League, one point clear of the relegation zone.

Irvine was able to guide West Brom to four wins in the Premier League but leaves the club following a run of three straight defeats.

West Brom have also announced that assistant head coach Rob Kelly, along with Keith Downing, will take charge of the team for Thursday’s fixture against West Ham and expect to name Irvine’s permanent successor by the weekend.

“We appointed Alan in the summer convinced that we had taken on one of the foremost coaches in the UK and nothing that has happened since then has altered our view,” said West Brom’s technical director Terry Burton.

“The individual progress of our players such as Craig Dawson and Saido Berahino are testament to that.

“But sadly that simply has not translated into results and they remain the ultimate currency of Alan’s position.

“Securing a sixth season in the Premier League is the over-riding target and sometimes unpleasant decisions have to be taken to serve that imperative.

“Alan has impressed everyone with his manner, dedication and diligence but he knows that results have simply not been good enough.

“We place on record our gratitude for his efforts and hold nothing but good wishes for his future endeavours. This was a decision taken with regret but sadly driven by necessity.”