Ex-Owls chief pleads for WBA chance

Alan Irvine
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Former Owls boss Alan Irvine has called on West Brom’s fans fans to give him a chance after a negative reaction to his appointment as head coach last week.

Irvine was the surprise name announced as Pepe Mel’s successor and some Albion supporters have hit out at the appointment.

But asked what his own message for West Brom fans was, Irvine said: “Keep supporting us and give us a chance - give us all the chance to make sure we can do the job.

“I understand that I wouldn’t have been the name on everybody’s lips, but I’ve got this job now.

“I know that the Albion fans are incredibly passionate, but I think they’ll find that I’m incredibly passionate as well and hopefully together we can help the team to get success.”

Irvine, who has been handed a 12-month rolling deal, was sacked by Wednesday in 2011 with the club mid-table in League One.