Tim Sherwood rejects West Brom: Baggies turn to Alan Irvine

The former Tottenham manager was unable to agree personal terms

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The former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood has turned down the head coach/manager position at West Bromwich Albion after failing to agree terms with the club.

West Brom have instead turned to Alan Irvine, who was head of the club's academy, who has agreed a 12-month rolling contract.

The West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace offered Sherwood the job earlier this week but the personal terms were a sticking point. The salary offer from West Brom was lower than Sherwood’s package at Spurs who are still paying him his compensation deal after activating a break clause in his 18-month contract at the end of the season.

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Sherwood had been the first choice of Peace and technical director Richard Garlick but the club were unwilling to move on their initial salary offer. Sherwood also wanted to bring with him his assistants at Tottenham, Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey.

The former Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday manager Irvine, who was David Moyes assistant at Everton, has instead been given the job.

Alan Irvine has taken over at West Brom


A statement on the club's official website read: "The 55-year-old has agreed a 12-month rolling contract and will complete his move to The Hawthorns once he has officially signed off from his current role as Everton’s academy manager.

"He will take over the reins from Pepe Mel, with whom the club parted company by mutual consent just over a month ago.

"Glasgow-born Irvine holds his UEFA Pro License and has a wealth of Barclays Premier League coaching experience having assisted David Moyes in helping Everton finish in the top seven in three out of five seasons.

"He will bring with him Rob Kelly to work as Joint-Assistant Head Coach alongside Keith Downing, whilst Dean Kiely will remain as Goalkeeping Coach."