West Brom Appoint Alan Pardewby Jack Kitson / 29 November 2017, 11:03Tweet
Alan Pardew has returned to the dugout for the first time in a year after signing a two-and-a-half-year contract to become the new West Brom manager.
Pardew is joined by his former assistant at Newcastle, John Carver, while there is no room for Gary Megson who leaves the club.
The Baggies job is Pardew’s fifth in the Premier League - and seventh in total - following spells at West Ham, Charlton, Newcastle and most recently Crystal Palace.
Pardew had been out of management since losing his job at Palace last December after a torrid run of six wins in 36 games.
But after taking up a job as a Sky Sports pundit the dancing king is now back, replacing the sacked Tony Pulis at the Hawthorns on a deal that runs through to 2020.
Pulis was axed last week following a shocking run of form. His assistant Megson stepped up as caretaker boss, registering a creditable point away to Tottenham, before drawing 2-2 with Newcastle on Tuesday (although the Baggies did concede a two-goal lead).
Pardew, who becomes the club’s sixth permanent gaffer since 2011, inherits a Baggies side down in 16th place, just two points above the drop zone.
In a twist of fate his first game in charge is against former club Palace on Saturday. The Eagles axed Pards last year, just three days before Christmas, with the club struggling down in 17th, so he'll no doubt be even more determined to explode out the blocks with a winning start.
Managerial highlights include leading Newcastle to 5th in the Premier League in the 2011/12 season, which also saw him bag both the Premier League and LMA Manager of the Year awards.
The 56-year-old also led West Ham into the top-flight, Reading into the Old First Division, and Southampton to Football League Trophy glory, while he’s twice finished with an FA Cup runners-up medal: West Ham in 2005, and Crystal Palace in 2016.