Sherwood or Pulis set to replace Irvine at West Brom

Tim Sherwood or Tony Pulis will be the new manager of West Bromwich Albion after it was confirmed by the club that Alan Irvine has left his position after less than seven months in charge, the Guardian has reported.

Irvine was appointed at the Hawthorns over the summer after Pepe Mel left the club and had been working at Everton’s academy. The Scot was previously assistant to David Moyes at Goodison Park and had spells as manager of Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday in between his two stints on the Toffees staff.

Albion announced on Monday evening that Irvine had been sacked and former Stoke City and Crystal Palace boss Pulis and ex-Tottenham Hotspur Coach Tim Sherwood are the favourites for the vacancy. Pulis is understood to be the club’s preferred option, due to the greater experience he possesses and his success in keeping Palace in the top flight last season.

West Brom are currently 16th in the table, with 17 points from 19 games, a point clear of the bottom three. Irvine’s last game in charge was a 2-0 defeat to Stoke, with a trip to West Ham to come on New Year’s Day before a home FA Cup tie against non-league Gateshead.

Sherwood was in talks to take over at West Brom before Irvine was hired in the close season but it’s thought disagreements with the club hierarchy over the make-up of his backroom staff led to the former Blackburn Rovers midfielder losing interest in the post. Pulis, meanwhile, could be appointed despite the style of play for which he is known sitting at odds with the approach favoured by West Brom, the Guardian claim.

Irvine was Albion’s third manager in 12 months. Steve Clarke was sacked in December 2013 and replaced by Mel, who was in turn let go in May, and has recently returned to former club Real Betis, who are in the Spanish second division.

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