Premier League: Alan Irvine bullish over speculation on West Brom future

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Image: Alan Irvine: Confident of keeping West Brom reins

West Brom manager Alan Irvine insists he does not fear losing his job following a meeting with chairman Jeremy Peace.

The Baggies have lost their last four games in a row and have slipped to 16th in the Premier League but Irvine is adamant he still has the full backing of Peace.

The Scot said ahead of Saturday's trip to face Hull: "I spoke to the chairman after training but not about that and he didn't speak to me about that. He was great. I went to see him about a completely different matter.

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Alan Irvine insists he's not been told his job is on the line, despite West Brom losing their last four matches

"We spent 15 minutes just chatting over different things and he was great, as he has been all of the time. I'm really grateful for the support he's given me.

"I understand the way things are in this job. There's a short-term culture nowadays and, if it's not Alan Pardew getting stick, as he was six or seven weeks ago, it's somebody else.

"If it's me at this time, hopefully I will be able to get to the situation Alan is in because it wasn't that long ago I was at Stoke hearing people calling for his head.

I don't think anybody who has been at the last two games can think we are miles away from getting a good result. We need some goals.
Alan Irvine

"They are such fine margins. We are not too far away from getting good results.

"I don't think anybody who has been at the last two games can think we are miles away from getting a good result. We need some goals."

The 56-year-old added: "I have certainly been there at the start of the season when it was very much on me and people were questioning the appointment.

"We came through that and everybody thought I was great, but I said at that time that if we lost a few games then they would probably think I was hopeless again.

"That's the way it goes. Is it on me again now? It hasn't been but it might be at this moment.

"Other people have been subjected to attention and criticism then. It was only last week I was defending Arsene Wenger, which was bizarre."

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