West Brom sack head coach Alan Irvine

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine
West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine

West Brom have sacked head coach Alan Irvine after just half a season in charge.

The Baggies boss has paid the price for a run of seven defeats in nine Barclays Premier League games which has left the team in 16th place, a point above the bottom three.

The last straw was Sunday’s 2-0 loss at Stoke, a third defeat in a row.

The club said in an official statement that Irvine had been placed on garden leave and assistant head coach Rob Kelly, with Keith Downing, would take charge of the team for the New Year’s Day game at West Ham.