By James Agberebi:
Nigeria strikers Brown Ideye and Victor Anichebe will be working under a new manager when they take on West Ham on Thursday January 1st following the sacking of Alan Irvine on Monday by West Bromwich Albion.
Irvine sack was imminent, no thanks to the Baggies continued poor run of form which has seen them suffer defeats in seven of their last nine games in the league.
In a release by the club on it’s official site, Assistant Head Coach Rob Kelly, with the assistance of Keith Downing, will take charge of the team as a successor is expected to be named by the weekend.
And according to Albion’s Technical Director Terry Burton, parting company with Irvine had been a matter of “regret but necessity” because of the team’s continuing poor results.
Burton said: “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.
“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.”
West Brom currently lie 16th in the table, one point clear of the relegation zone.