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West Bromwich Albion has confirmed the appointment of Alan Pardew as its new manager.
The club's official Twitter account retransmitted the news on Wednesday:
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Introducing our new head coach, Alan Pardew …
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" I am delighted with the opportunity that Albion has given me and I look forward to working with Considero which is a talented group of players, "Pardew said, according to the club's website. "The immediate challenge will be to get the results we need to elevate ourselves, but I am aware that, as I join one of the great traditional clubs of English football, it is a determined one to move forward in the future." 19659011] Pardew steps in to replace Tony Pulis, who was fired with the club languishing at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Gary Megson took over the team for the clash with Tottenham Hotspur over the weekend when they won a worthy 1-1 draw. He was also in charge on Tuesday, when the team gave up a two-goal lead against Newcastle United to draw 2-2.
The appointment sees Pardew return to management after Crystal Palace fired him in December 2016. Since then, he has spent time working as an expert on Sky Sports.
As noted by Kristof Terreur from Het Laatste Nieuws the return of the 56-year-old continues a familiar theme in English football:  Kristof Terreur ? @ HLNinEngeland
Good old Premier League:
✔️ Roy Hodgson (70) manager of Crystal Palace
✔️ David Moyes (54) is back, now in West Ham
✔️ Alan Pardew (56) is on his way to West Brom
✔️ Sam Allardyce (63) in talks with Everton
What is Harry Redknapp doing today?
There will be hope among the West Brom fan base that Pardew can help push the club away from the relegation zone.
Under Pulis, the team enjoyed a thriving summer transfer window and won its first two games of the 2017-18 campaign. However, they did not win their next 12 matches in the Premier League, and Pardew takes over with the Baggies in 16th place in the standings.
West Brom fell earlier in the campaign under Pulis. Catherine Ivill / Getty Images
However, the former Palace coach has helped improve teams in the past. With the Eagles, he caused an initial improvement in form when he took over, while over a period of four years at Newcastle United before that, he enjoyed some memorable moments, leading the team to a fifth place in 2011-12.  In the past, English has had some problems with consistency in his managerial career. Oliver Kay of Times does not think that is something that worries West Brom at this moment:
Oliver Kay @ OliverKayTimes
Pardew's usual criticism is that it is a manager who can not maintain a team beyond an initial "bounce" of 12/18 months. I suspect that a 12/18 month rebound would suit the West Brom board right now
Pardew is famous for getting teams to start fast and when their teams Build momentum, they can be difficult to stop.
In West Brom, he will take over a team that was built to play direct and physical soccer under Pulis, although there are many talented operators around. Pardew will feel confident to keep the squad safe from relegation with players like Jonny Evans, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Nacer Chadli.
It would not be a surprise to see Pardew take a little longer than usual to convey his ideas, as the team he will badume has had little confidence during much of the campaign. But you would back a coach from his experience to keep this side of West Brom afloat in the Premier League.