The 55-year-old Scot replaces Spaniard Pepe Mel who was sacked after Albion narrowly avoided relegation from the English top-flight last season.

"Irvine will complete his move to The Hawthorns once he has officially signed off from his current role as Everton's academy," Albion announced.

Irvine, whose previous managerial experience came at Preston North End and Sheffield Wednesday, will bring Rob Kelly to work as joint-assistant head coach alongside Keith Downing and goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely.