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In the space of three days, two managers in England were relived off their duties. After Neil Warnock was given the marching orders by Crystal Palace on Saturday, Alan Irvine had to face a similar situation with Westbromwich Albion.
Westbrom have won one and lost seven of their last nine Premier League matches, leaving them 16th place in the table and one point above the relegation zone.
There loss to Stoke City in the weekend was the final nail in the coffin for the Scot as the Westbrom board decided to sack their manager.
Technical director Terry Burton said in a club statement: “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.”
Albion assistant head coach Rob Kelly and Keith Downing will take charge of first team affairs for the club’s New Year’s Day fixture at West Ham United.
Irvine replaced Pepe Mel as Albion manager last June. However, he was sacked just six months into the season.
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