West Brom have named former West Ham United and Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew as their new manager.
The 56-year old replaces former manager Tony Pulis, who was sacked earlier this month following a run of 10 Premier League games without victory.
Introducing our new Head Coach, Alan Pardew…
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) November 29, 2017
Pardew has signed a two-and-a-half year contract until the end of the 2019-20 season to become the club’s sixth manager since 2011.
The former Newcastle United manager makes a return to the dugout for the first time in 11 months since he was sacked as Crystal Palace manager in December 2016.
His first game will be against Palace in the league on Saturday as he hopes to make an early mark in his new job.
On his new appointment, Pardew said: “I’m thrilled with the opportunity Albion have provided and looking forward to getting to work with what I consider to be a talented group of players.”
“The immediate challenge will be to get the results we need to pull ourselves up the table.
“But I’m aware that while I’m joining one of the great, traditional clubs of English football, it is one determined to go forward in the Premier League.” he added.
Pardew’s former assistant at Newcastle has already been confirmed as one of his lieutenants at West Brom.
Assistant head coach Gary Megson was placed in temporary charge following Pulis’ sack and he was in the dugout for the last two Premier League games (Tottenham and Newcastle United) however he has left the club to usher in the Alan Pardew era.
On Pardew’s appointment, West Brom chairman John Williams said: “We were impressed with what he had to say and what he has to offer and we are looking forward to an exciting new era under his charge.”