West Bromwich Albion line up Tim Sherwood as Alan Irvine successor

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood is favourite to succeed Alan Irvine as manager of West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies finally lost patience with Alan Irvine after seven defeats in nine games that have left them loitering in 16th place, one point above the relegation zone.  And despite struggling at White Hart Lane, Sherwood is now poised for a return to managerial action after leaving Spurs at the end of last season. 


Sherwood took over from manager Andre Villas-Boas after the Portuguese was sacked last season, but despite guiding them to the Europa League was relieved of his duties in May. 

Speculation surrounding Louis Van Gaal at the time made life at the Lane difficult, and Mauricio Pochettino was eventually snared from Southampton as his successor. 


However despite an unsettled dressing room he did show glimpses of his managerial ability, particularly with Togo forward Emmanuel Adebayor who was brought in from the cold and who went on to become their top goalscorer last season. 

Irvine was a surprise choice when he was announced as the new manager of the Baggies in the summer, but the gamble has backfired with the club now entrenched in a battle against relegation. 


They have won just four of their 19 games so far, with the defeat to Mark Hughes' Stoke City the final nail in the coffin. 

With crunch ties against West Ham United and Hull City coming up next month, the club could not afford any more slip-ups and must hope the new manager, whether it be Sherwood or another candidate, stops them dropping down into the Championship. 

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