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West Bromwich Albion set to appoint Alan Pardew as manager

West Bromwich Albion set to appoint Alan Pardew as manager

West Bromwich Albion will look to build on their draw at Tottenham on Saturday afternoon when they face Newcastle United at The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening.

The former Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Charlton, West Ham and Reading manager has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal to replace the sacked Tony Pulis.

Pardew was the preferred candidate by a 'unanimous decision', according to chairman John Williams, despite having been out of football for almost a year following his sacking at Crystal Palace just before Christmas last year.

"It is a club that has a really good set of players and I think it is a good opportunity for a manager, and if it is me then it is me".

"And ultimately, hopefully along that line, we can get up to sort of 1.5, 1.7 points a game".

Pardew favours a counter-punching style himself but focusing on improved retention of the ball might help to convince supporters that the club can kick on under his watch.

West Brom has possibly got its strongest squad in decades, and Pardew, who is adding his former assistant at Newcastle, John Carver, to his backroom staff, needs to get more out of it than Pulis. The highlights will then be shown BBC's Match of the Day. Scoring a goal is great for any player, scoring when you support the team and it's at home makes it even better.

"He steadied the ship in a difficult moment and we are extremely appreciative of his efforts".

West Brom's Chinese owner, Guochuan Lai, was adamant he wanted someone with Premier League experience, while Pardew also has a strong working relationship with the club's technical director, Nick Hammond. "I felt like I did alright, so we'll see what kind of team he picks on Saturday!"

The Baggies put the long-suffering faithful as close as they've been for a while to free-scoring calypso footie when Salomon Rondon put them ahead in the fourth minute.

The cut-off this season is after 19 league games, so Chelsea players need to avoid accumulating five bookings until they play Everton on December 23, thus to avoid a suspension.

That could be good news for some of the more exciting players at West Brom, such as winger Matty Phillips.