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West Brom chairman reacts to Berahino furor over rejected Spurs bids; Takes shot at Levy

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West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace is speaking out on the Saido Berahino saga.

The young striker remains at the Hawthorns despite multiple bids from Tottenham Hotspur, and Berahino is unsettled by his failure to move to the London club.

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Berahino, 22, saw his transfer request rejected by Peace, and lashed out Tuesday when a move to Spurs failed to materialize before the 1 p.m. ET deadline.

And Peace was ready to clarify. From the BBC:

“We have a key player who has been very unsettled by antics which were designed to get him out of our club cheaply.

“Those tactics have continued despite my making our position clear in my first conversation with Daniel Levy on this subject in mid-August.

“I said selling Saido so late in the window was not on our agenda. Tottenham’s offers failed substantially to reflect Saido’s true value while the timing made no allowance for our own recruitment of a suitable replacement for a proven Premier League goalscorer.

“Saido has been unsettled to the point where our Head Coach has not felt able to select him for our last three games.We are now left with the task of repairing the damage created by this unfortunate episode.”

To say they need Berahino unsettled in a hurry is an understatement, and the striker is known for being mercurial.

But what does this say about Levy, who seemingly hung his hat on money being able to solve the problem. If Peace really did make it clear that Berahino wouldn’t be moving, his ego messed with Spurs’ strike corps.

West Brom has four points this season, one a draw with newly-promoted Watford and three from a slim win against 9-man Stoke City. Peace and manager Tony Pulis have their hands full.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis unsure of his team’s possible sale

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Following a five-game unbeaten spell, West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis capped off an encouraging season on a sour note when Arsenal handed them a 4-1 defeat earlier in the day.

Gunners midfielder Theo Walcott netted the hat trick to serve as a important initiator of the Baggies’ demise, and while most other squads are looking forward to next season with changes to the roster, WBA has a bigger matter on hand.

Chairman Jeremy Peace stated his intentions to sell the club to the right person, and he is supposedly close to doing so for a sum in between £150 million and £200 million, according to The Daily Mail.

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When asked about the impending sale of the team, Pulis didn’t have much to offer on the subject and reiterated the importance of finding the right buyer, an owner who can “take the club onto another level.”

He said, via Football365.com: “The chairman’s been very open and very honest with it.

Obviously he’s put it up for sale. I think he wants to get an investor in or someone who can financially take the club onto another level. I don’t think he’d sell it to anybody who can’t do that. If he doesn’t then he’s going to stay.

“Again we’ve talked about budgets and certain things we’d have to do so he’s been very open and honest with it. I’m the same as you.

“Until the takeover takes place, if it does I won’t know exactly who it’s going to be and what they are going to do.”

Peace did assure Pulis that, if a deal were to happen, it would occur in July at the latest. The sale doesn’t seem obligatory at the moment, considering Albion’s owner is not adamant on finalizing a transaction speedily. The hope is likely for a foreign investor to sign on, a person with sufficient funding to catapult the outfit past their usual subpar rank.

Fan anger has Alan Irvine’s job status in question despite popularity with West Brom players

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West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace reportedly has a load of reasons not to remove Alan Irvine, but fan anger is working against both parties.

A report from the BBC’s Pat Murphy claims that Peace likes Irvine and does not want to hire a fourth manager in one year, but that fans have never warmed up to Irvine as manager. And fans can make a situation feel untenable even when the players are behind their coach.

The Baggies are a point above the drop zone, and their 18 goals scored are tied for the fifth-fewest in the Premier League. Only three players have scored multiple goals for the team, and only Saido Berahino has more than two.

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What WBA is missing seems to be player quality, and unfortunately for their fans that is not aimed at Irvine. He’s the head coach of the club, not the traditional European manager, and works with the players sent to him by a seemingly muddled group of administrators.

From the BBC:

“Money is not a factor because the imperative for Mr Peace is to stay in the Premier League but he’s genuinely fond of Irvine. He knows how popular he is with the first-team squad and – as a left-field choice by Mr Peace last June – doesn’t want a fourth head coach in just over a year, with his own reputation suffering a further blow.

“Mr Peace also knows the market for alternatives is hardly stimulating. He will not dismantle the continental-style model of a head coach working to a technical director, rather than the traditional system of a manager working to a chairman – and many possible candidates like Tony Pulis won’t agree to the West Brom structure.

“But a key factor is Irvine’s unpopularity with a vociferous section of the West Brom season ticket holders who were dismayed at the appointment of a comparative unknown and have never given Irvine a chance. Just one win in the last nine and five home defeats in the Premier League haven’t helped Irvine’s cause.”

Therein lies the rub, as results are obviously the most visible status symbol of a club. WBA doesn’t have them, but the same home record being criticized in the report fails to note that the Hawthorns has seen these four opponents for four of those five recent losses: Arsenal, Manchester City, Newcastle United and West Ham United.

The Baggies go to West Ham on New Year’s Day before finally getting a reprieve on the home slate with Hull City coming to town. The Baggies then travel to Everton before hosting Spurs, as January doesn’t do them too many favors. The schedule finally softens in February, but can Peace handle waiting that long without a consistent uptick in results? That’s the big question, along with what the Baggies do in the January transfer window.