West Brom name Pardew as new boss

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West Brom have found their new manager, appointing Alan Pardew as the replacement for Tony Pulis.

The former Newcastle United boss, who has been out of work since he was sacked by Crystal Palace in December, will take the reins from caretaker manager Gary Megson, having signed a two-and-a-half-year contract.

"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 said.

"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."

Albion chairman John Williams explained the decision to hire Pardew, saying that: "Alan brings the experience of more than 300 Premier League games and the kind of dynamic leadership from which our Club can benefit". 

"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.

"Gary [Megson] leaves with our gratitude for a sterling job completed in difficult circumstances. He steadied the ship in a difficult moment and we are extremely appreciative of his efforts."

Pardew's former assistant at Newcastle, John Carver will also join the backroom staff at The Hawthorns.