West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has broken his silence over the appointment of Alan Irvine.
Fans have been critical of the coaching credentials of Irvine, who has not held a senior management position since early 2011 and never one in the Premier League before.
Peace told the Birmingham Mail: "People have their say but we have to make the right decision for the football club and not be swayed by what other people think.
"If you ask a lot of people who they'd have in the job they'd be split anyway.
"You can't always make the easy decisions. You have to make the right decisions.
"As a board we made a unanimous decision that we think is right for this football club. We now have to try and get players in and get people behind us.
"We think we can give ourselves a good chance of having a good season. Alan speaks well, his philosophies are good and we are confident people will buy into that. We have made the right decision for the club - we really do believe that."
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