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 at 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.

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.

"With the support of Keith and Dean, we firmly believe we have put in place the right coaching team to move the club forward."

Irvine was preferred to ex-Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood, sacked by Spurs at the end of the season, who was also in talks with the club.

"From the outset, we decided to pursue candidates who are renowned for their coaching ability and Alan was very much at the forefront of our thoughts because of his achievements in the Premier League and the high regard in which he is held within the game," said Burton.

"In the end it came down to two outstanding candidates for the role.

"But, following a detailed recruitment process, we decided Alan and the team around him are best suited to tackle the challenges we face in the Barclays Premier League.

"He has a vast knowledge from grassroots up thanks to the roles he has performed during his decades in the game and knows what it takes through good and testing times."

The former Queen's Park, Blackburn Rovers, Everton and Crystal Palace winger arrives in The Hawthorns five years after missing out narrowly to Roberto Di Matteo in a previous race for the job.