New West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Irvine accepts his appointment has upset some fans.
Irvine has worked as a coach alongside the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Ray Harford and David Moyes.
He appreciates that he isn’t the ‘sexy’ name many supporters wanted to see unveiled by their club.
“I’m not totally surprised,” said Irvine when informed that he wasn’t the popular choice.
“I doubt I was the name on everybody’s list and I understand. I know what fans feel. I’m sure they would have had different names on their mind but the fact is that this has now happened and I will do the best I can to get the best results.
“I am extremely thorough, hard-working and I don’t leave anything to chance.
“Many things can be controlled and prepared on the training ground. If the players know their jobs, their responsibilities, then you can do well.
“Yes, there is an element of luck - you can hit a team in a great run of form and hit a team on a bad run of form. But I believe in hard-work and making sure we’re thorough.”
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