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.

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.

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