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6 Why the silence?

for the head coach role.

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Sherwood's representatives were stationed near the Baggies' Great Barr training ground on Saturday afternoon awaiting word of decisions from the board a fact that suggests they Reebok Pump Supreme

Yet it is undoubtedly true that Sherwood was the No.1 choice of the Hawthorns hierarchy just days before Irvine was appointed and wage demands for his trusted lieutenants, Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey, appear to have been a major stumbling block.

into why bigger name contenders were ruled out. As well as Koeman, the likes of Malky Mackay, Dick Advocaat, Martin Jol and Michael Laudrup were all out of work when Peace and Co were conducting their search.

Instead, the final shortlist of Sherwood and Irvine ended up looking distinctly uninspiring in comparison.

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With Sherwood making his position clear publicly, Peace needs to explain why he went cold on his top choice.

Irvine is a hugely talented training ground expert and, presumably, he impressed Peace sufficiently in interviews to make his managerial statistics a secondary concern. But the chairman needs to tell us how.

So far just one new face has arrived in the shape of Craig Gardner and, with Irvine's profile relatively low outside England, the Baggies will lack pulling power to lure fresh recruits to the club.

There might be perfectly good reasons why star names were dismissed from the running. Supporters need to know them.

But Peace is in the firing line to such an extent he can no longer expect subordinates or friendly journalists to fire his bullets for him. The Baggies supremo has never felt comfortable in front of cameras and microphones, yet he can be an effective media performer.

1 Why was Alan Irvine chosen?

But the former Tottenham boss has gone on the record to claim he was offered the Baggies job and turned it down.

4 What are the lessons which have been learned?

2 Why did talks with candidate Tim Sherwood end?

Now, almost a month later and with a new head coach in place, it is the ideal moment to elaborate.

3 Who were the other head coach candidates?

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Eleven have departed since the end of last season with five loans expiring, five players released and Billy Jones moving to Sunderland on a Bosman free transfer.

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With less than a month remaining before Irvine meets his squad for the start of pre season, Albion are desperately short of players.

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Now is the time to put his skills to the test, because the choice of Irvine requires some explaining. While the Scot has impressive coaching credentials and is highly thought of by former employers and players, his record in two previous managerial assignments is average. He struggled at Preston after a solid start and was unable to make his mark at Sheffield Wednesday.

Three and a half weeks ago, Peace released a statement on Albion's website accepting responsibility for a dreadful season and insisting lessons would be learned.

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The appointment of Irvine as head coach was so unexpected the chairman must explain his reasons in public.

were less confident than subsequent their media briefings made out.

Albion are adamant that Irvine's powers of persuasion edged him ahead of Sherwood in the race to succeed Pepe Mel.

So Peace must explain how he plans to add players of sufficient quality to The Hawthorns and whether he will compromise on the policy that has been employed in recent summers based primarily Reebok Red Blue on free transfers and loans.

´╗┐Steve Madeley poses six questions to West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace Express Star

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It has been five years since Peace sat on the top table at an Albion press conference the day the Baggies unveiled Roberto Di Matteo.

5 Will transfer policy change?

The opportunity is there to make a fresh start and ease supporters' worries.

Private briefings from The Hawthorns have offered clues about Peace's thinking while new technical director Terry Burton will present the case for the defence in public tomorrow.

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But with a star name like Ronald Koeman appointed at Southampton just two days after Irvine checked in at The Hawthorns, the Baggies need to give an insight Saucony Kineta Relay Black

Since then he has spoken publicly twice at end of season dinners, given one interview to a national newspaper and another to the Express Star along with a local rival.

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