Having parted ways with manager Tony Pulis earlier last week following a dismal start to the campaign, West Bromwich Albion have appointed Alan Pardew as head coach on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Despite spending over £40 million on new signings during the summer transfer window, the Baggies won just two of their opening 12 league matches, with their recent 4-0 defeat at home to Chelsea convincing the Albion board to dismiss Pulis.
— NinetyMinutesOnline (@90MinsOnline) November 28, 2017
Pardew, who has been without a club since being sacked by Crystal Palace in December of last year, takes over a side without a win in their last 10 league matches and who are just two points above the relegation zone, in 16th place.
The LMA Manager of the Year back in 2012, the former Newcastle United boss will be assisted by John Carver at West Brom and spoke of his delight at being handed the reins at the Hawthorns Stadium.
“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,” Pardew told West Brom’s official website.
“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.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to play a part in that ambition.”
Towards the end of his tenure, Pulis lost the support of the majority of the Baggies faithful and whilst the appointment of Pardew has hardly got pulses races amongst West Brom fans, the vast majority seem to believe that he is the right man to guide their side to safety.
Here are some of the best tweets:
Welcome Alan Pardew, took 1 mid table side to a 5th place finish and 1 mid table side to a cup final. I for one think its a good appointment! #wba
— Chris Caddick (@cadders10) November 29, 2017
In discussing Alan Pardew taking charge at the Albion I feel like Toby and Will writing the speech about Bingo Bob Russell becoming VP. "Not the worst, not the best, just what we're stuck with" #WBA
— Kelly (@DHPLover) November 29, 2017
I've seen lots of football fans slating Alan Pardew but to be honest I'm just glad we now actually have a football manager rather than some bloke who thinks that you win a match according to how far you can kick a ball. #WBA
— DALE (@DaleMedlicott) November 29, 2017
Welcome to WBA Alan Pardew! Not my first choice but it seems the sensible one. Said all the right things to the media. Hopefully he can put them in action and have a successful reign as manager of this great club. Starting with 3pts on Saturday! #WBA
— Lewis Childs (@LewisChilds7) November 29, 2017
— R. (@RieceWBA) November 29, 2017
Just want to say @wba #wba thanks to Sir Gary Megson for making me smile, cheer, shout, sing and remember how much I love the Albion. #topman good luck wherever he goes.
Wishing Alan Pardew, John Carver and the lads all the best for the challenge ahead. Come on you baggies 👍😄
— Andy Mullaney (@andythemull) November 29, 2017
Welcome Alan Pardew. I hope the head butting is over and done with, and that we can just be known for our good football. #Wba
— Joe Bradley (@JoeBaggies) November 29, 2017