Do West Brom already have a decision to make over the future of Alan Irvine?

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West Brom have made a terrible start to life under new manager Alan Irvine, with some fans already calling for the Scot to be sacked.

When West Brom made the perplexing decision to sack Steve Clarke in December, Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace made a bizarre appointment in Spaniard Pepe Mel, who had recently been sacked by Real Betis, with the La Liga side rooted to the bottom of the table. Unsurprisingly, Mel's stint in charge at The Hawthorns wasn't a good one, and he was let go in the summer.

Despite former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood being linked with the post, the job went to Alan Irvine in one of the strangest Premier League managerial appointments in recent times. The Scot, 56, had a long association with David Moyes at Everton before becoming manager of Moyes' former club Preston North End.

Whilst he firstly saved them from relegation and led them to the playoffs in his first full season in charge, Irvine's reign at Deepdale saw turgid football and plenty of wasted money. Just months before his exit, Irvine signed Veliche Shumulikoski, Paul Parry and Neil Collins for a combined £1.5m - and only Parry made more than 25 appearances for the Lilywhites, with Irvine choosing Shumulikoski and Parry over deals for Charlie Adam and Will Buckley - both of whom are now Premier League players.

By the end, Irvine's limited approach and poor results led to his sacking, and much was the same during his next spell as a manager, this time at Sheffield Wednesday. Irvine then made the move back to Everton to oversee youth development, and West Brom swooped to finally bring him to the West Midlands having failed with an approach for him during his Preston days in 2009.

The appointment was confusing at the very least - and so far, the gamble really hasn't paid dividends. Early draws against Sunderland and Southampton were acceptable, but having only just scraped past League Two outfit Oxford United in the Capital One Cup, things have gone downhill rapidly. The 3-0 defeat to Swansea City was a dismal display, and West Brom served up much of the same against Everton on Saturday as they lost 2-0.

Irvine's side played unimaginative, one dimensional football which was much akin of his spells at Preston and Sheffield Wednesday as he struggled in the Championship and League One, never mind the Premier League.

Fans are already calling for Irvine's head, and whilst it may be harsh to sack a manager after only four games, West Brom are already in a position where many of the fans are against the current regime. Chairman Peace got it wrong with Mel and seems to have got it wrong with Irvine too, based on his previous record and his start to life at The Hawthorns.

How quickly will West Brom admit to their mistake? Leaving Irvine in until it's too late to salvage the season would be a nightmare situation for the Baggies, but they must do what is best for the club - and the faith in Irvine is already dwindling amongst disgruntled West Brom fans.

The next four games sees West Brom travel to Tottenham and Liverpool, with home games against Hull and Burnley sandwiched inbetween. That would take us up to the middle of October, but if Irvine produced similar results to those so far, he could be in big trouble.

Oh what West Brom supporters would give to have Steve Clarke back.

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