West Brom have confirmed that they have replaced Tony Pulis with a sexy, new, up-and-coming manager.
Continental option Alan Pardew has been appointed on a two-and-a-half-year contract at The Hawthorns.
He will be tasked with pulling the Baggies clear of relegation, with a 2-2 draw against Newcastle on Tuesday dragging them two points clear.
“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, whose last managerial post ended last December when he was sacked by Crystal Palace, told the club’s official website.
“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.”
Chairman John Williams added: “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.”
He also paid tribute to Gary Megson, who oversaw two draws in his two games in interim charge.
“Gary leaves with our gratitude for a sterling job completed in difficult circumstances.
“We met today when I explained our position which he understood and accepted in the highly professional manner with which he has conducted himself since Tony’s departure.
“He steadied the ship in a difficult moment and we are extremely appreciative of his efforts.”