Irvine eager to add to West Brom squad

The former Preston North End manager, who was confirmed as Pepe Mel's successor at the Hawthorns on Saturday, sees reinforcing the playing staff as the first order of business
New West Brom manager Alan Irvine is keen to set about improving his squad.

The 55-year-old, former boss at Preston North End and assistant to David Moyes at Everton, was appointed as Pepe Mel's replacement at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

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The Baggies narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League in 2013-14 and, with the likes of Billy Jones having already departed this summer, Irvine is keen to bolster his roster in order to avoid a repeat of last season.

"I'm absolutely delighted to get the job," he told the club's official website.

"I've got a great deal of respect for the club right the way from the first team through to the academy.

"The situation at this club is similar to what I went through at Everton when I went there with David [Moyes].

"It is run very sensibly and, as a result of that, any head coach coming in has got a great chance of doing a good job.

"A number of the players who have had success in the Premier League with the club are still here but it's a small squad at this moment in time and, clearly, the first job is going to have to be to get some more players in."