West Brom chairman increases stake

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace has increased his majority stake in the club to 76.4 percent with the purchase of a further 905 shares.

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Alan Irvine unveiled on fixtures day as West Brom coach

Alan Irvine takes over at West Bromwich Albion Credit: PA

New West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Irvine is to face the media for the first time in his new role on fixtures day.

This morning, it has been announced that his side will open their Premier League campaign at home to Sunderland.

Albion will take on Aston Villa on 13th December and this season's boxing day fixture is at home to Manchester City.

The last game of the season will be away at Arsenal.

West Brom appoint Alan Irvine as head coach

Irvine has taken the reins at The Hawthorns. Credit: PA

West Brom have announced former Preston and Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine as their new head coach on a 12-month rolling contract.

The Scot will succeed Pepe Mel, who left the club by mutual consent the day after the Barclays Premier League season finished last month, once he "signs off" from his current role as Everton's academy manager.

Rob Kelly, who worked under Irvine at Preston and Wednesday, has also been appointed joint assistant head coach, alongside Keith Downing.

Albion technical director Terry Burton told the club's official website: "I'm delighted we have been able to secure the services of Alan and Rob."

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Family say former West Bromwich Albion player died from same disease found in brain damaged boxers

The family of Jeff Astle, who helped West Bromwich Albion win the FA Cup in 1968, say they have been told by a doctor that the former footballer died of CTE - the same disease found in brain damaged boxers.

They told the Mail on Sunday that the doctor said Jeff Astle's brain looked like that of an 89-year-old. He was 59 when he died.

Laraine and Jeff Astle celebrate winning the FA Cup in 1968 Credit: PA Wire

Mrs Astle said the discovery meant 'Jeff had been misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s when he was alive, when in fact he had CTE. I wonder how many other footballers out there are in the same position.'

Jeff Astle is the first English professional footballer to have been identified with the disease after his wife gave permission for his brain to be re-examined.

CTE is a degenerative brain disease which can be found in people who have played contact sports and who have repeatedly received head injuries. It has been found in professional athletes who have taken part in American football, ice hockey or boxing.

It can cause symptoms of dementia, including depression, aggression and memory loss.

WBA appoint former coach as Technical Director

Terry Burton coaching at Arsenal Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

West Bromwich Albion have appointed their former first team coach, Terry Burton, as Technical Director.

The 61-year-old will leave his post as Arsenal's Head of Youth Coaching, and work with Richard Garlick, who will now work as Director of Football Administration.

Burton was previously first team coach at the Hawthorns under Roy Hodgson in the 2011/12 season.

The club say Burton will now play an important role in the search for Pepe Mel's successor.

WBA fans react to Pepe Mel's departure

West Bromwich Albion fans have reacted to the departure of Pepe Mel, many saying the Spaniard did not get long enough in charge to really impact the team's fortunes.

Mel left the club today after just three wins in 17 games in charge, with the team only just surviving in the Premier League.

Read: Malky Mackay the early favourite to succeed Pepe Mel

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