Irvine to bring new approach

Last Updated: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:00
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Head coach Alan Irvine has told West Brom fans to expect the team to play with different tactics next season because he is "a purist".

The 55-year-old Glaswegian, who has left his job as Everton academy boss to take up the vacancy, was a surprise appointment for the Baggies' faithful, given that they were expecting Tim Sherwood to be handed the reins.

However Irvine, who spent five years working under David Moyes at Everton before having spells in charge at Preston and Sheffield Wednesday, has promised the disgruntled supporters that he will bring an "attractive" style of play to the table.

"I'm a purist, I like attractive football," he said on the club's website.

"I like my teams to control the game, control the tempo of the game and have possession of the ball.

"But I'm also a realist and I realise that the most important thing for the club and the most important thing for the fans is that we win.

"So I would expect there will be different tactics being used for different games, different systems, different strategies and these are all things that can be worked at on the training ground."

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