West Brom's choice of manager is bad news for Derby County

West Bromwich Albion's appointment of Alan Irvine could mean Derby County's pursuit of George Thorne is over.

Derby County have identified George Thorne as one of their key targets for this summer and they have already had one bid rejected for the talented midfielder.

Thorne himself has expressed his desire to leave The Hawthorns and has since had a transfer request turned down. The 21-year-old has said that he would not want to stay at West Brom unless he was guaranteed a starting role in the side. He doesn't want to waste any more of his career on the bench and with Derby willing to give him a key role in their side he is looking to move on.

West Brom had already stated they did not want to sell Thorne as they regarded him as an important part of their future. This was despite the interest and the claims from Thorne. However these remarks were made at a time when The Baggies were without a manager and things have now changed on that front.

Alan Irvine is the chosen one to take over from Pepe Mel and his football history and experience would suggest that Derby County are now even less likely to get their man. Irvine has only previously spent around three-and-a-half years of his career as a manager with his main roles since retiring as a player being with youth sides and academies.

Since being sacked as manager of Sheffield Wednesday in 2011 he has been the head of Everton's academy and has overseen the progress of Ross Barkley.

With his links to youth players he will be willing to put his faith in the youngsters and give them a chance to shine. He will understand that the work in the academies deserves to be rewarded and the players need to be given opportunities.

Thorne joined West Brom's academy in 2005 and has come all the way through the ranks and became their youngest ever player when he made his debut. It is understandable that they would not want to part with a player they have put so much work into and Irvine will think this too. The Scot will be willing to give Thorne a chance and that will make Derby's pursuit much harder now.


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