LONDON – West Bromwich Albion announced on Wednesday the appointment of Alan Pardew as a new head coach to lead the Premier League side on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
West Bromwich confirmed the hiring of the 56-year-old English coach in a statement released on its official website.
“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.
West Bromwich dismissed former head coach Tony Pulis on Nov. 20 after a run of 10 Premier League games without a single victory.
The English side is now in the 16th position in the Premier League table, with 12 points after 14 games.
“The immediate challenge will be to get the results we need to pull ourselves up the table,” Pardew added.
Pardew, who coached West Ham, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, was named the Premier League Manager of the year in 2012.
“Alan brings the experience of more than 300 Premier League games and the kind of dynamic leadership from which our Club can benefit,” Albion’s chairman John Williams said.
Pardew’s first match will be on Saturday against Crystal Palace, one of his former teams, at the Hawthorns Stadium.