Alan Pardew confirmed as new West Bromwich Albion manager... and his first game in relegation fight is against old club Crystal Palace
- Alan Pardew takes charge of West Brom, currently 16th in the Premier League
- Pardew replaces Tony Pulis, sacked after winning two of his final 21 games
- His previous top-flight clubs include West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace
Pulis was dismissed after winning just two of his final 21 games in charge, with the Baggies currently 16th in the table.?
Alan Pardew (left) and John Carver arrive at West Brom's training ground on Wednesday?
Pardew was confirmed as the club's new boss and has?added Carver to his backroom staff?
ALAN PARDEW'S FIRST 6 GAMES IN CHARGE?
Dec 2: Crystal Palace (H)
Dec 9: Swansea City (A)
Dec 13: Liverpool (A)
Dec 17: Manchester United (H)
Dec 23: Stoke (A)
Dec 26: Everton (H)?
Pardew said:?'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.
'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.'
The new manager, whose first game in charge is against former club Crystal Palace on Saturday, has added his former Newcastle assistant, John Carver, to his backroom staff.
He arrives with wealth of experience, having recently managed Crystal Palace in top-flight
Pardew takes charge of a West Brom side currently 16th in the Premier League table
Gary Megson was placed in interim charge of West Brom, and guided them to a 1-1 draw against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday.
Megson also took charge of Tuesday's game against Pardew's old club Newcastle, where the Baggies surrendered a two-goal lead to miss out on the chance of a first league win since August?— but he has now left the club.
Speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports' coverage of Huddersfield v Manchester City, Pardew confirmed he had held talks with West Brom, describing the job as 'attractive.'
The 56-year-old has worked with West Brom technical director Nick Hammond before at Reading.
Pardew has been out of work since being sacked by Palace in December 2016, having won only six of his 36 games played in that calendar year.?
Pardew replaces Tony Pulis, who was sacked after winning two of his final 21 games in charge
Pardew's previous top-flight clubs include West Ham, Charlton, Newcastle and Crystal Palace
Alan Pardew's contract at West Brom runs until June, 2020, the same month in which his eight-year deal at Newcastle would have expired.?
Two seasons before he had taken Palace to their best Premier League finish of 10th, while he also guided Newcastle to fifth and Europa League qualification in 2012, winning the LMA Manager of the Year Award.
West Brom are currently 16th in the Premier League with 12 points from 14 matches, and in their fifth consecutive season in the top flight — their longest run since the Premier League was founded in 1992.?
West Brom players cut dejected figures after throwing away two-goal lead against Newcastle
Gary Megson was in charge on an interim basis but has left the club following Pardew's arrival
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