Alan Irvine wants to draw on Everton experience at West Bromwich Albion

Alan Irvine, then in charge of Sheffield Wednesday, looks on during a Championship game on March 24, 2010
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New West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine believes that the club is similar to Everton when David Moyes became their manager in 2002.

New West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine has claimed that the club shares similarities with Everton when David Moyes became their manager in 2002.

The former Sheffield Wednesday boss, who was appointed as Pepe Mel's successor on Saturday, spent five years at Goodison Park as Moyes's assistant.

Irvine, who has also managed Preston North End, left his position as academy coach with the Toffees to take charge at The Hawthorns.

"The situation at this club is similar to what I went through at Everton when I went there with David," the Sheffield Telegraph quotes him as saying. "I've got a great deal of respect for the club right the way from the first team through to the academy.

"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."

Irvine has signed a 12-month rolling contract with West Brom.

Alan Irvine, then in charge of Sheffield Wednesday, looks on during a Championship game on March 24, 2010
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