West Brom have appointed Alan Pardew as their new head coach on a two-and-half-year deal. John Carver, who Pardew previously worked with at Newcastle, will join the former Crystal Palace boss at the Midlands club.
Pardew had reportedly been in advanced talks for the last couple of days with the Baggies about the role and last week emerged as the favourite for the vacancy.
Pardew has previously managed West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace in the top-flight, having managed in over 300 games in the Premier League. The former Newcastle boss was fired from his last Premier League job at Crystal Palace, with the Eagles just above the relegation zone when he was dismissed.
Talking about the role the 56-year-old told West Brom’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
The Baggies are just one place above the relegation zone but could see themselves slip into the drop zone if Swansea and West Ham win their games this evening. The Midlands side had struggled for results under previous boss Tony Pulis, who was sacked on November 20th. However, under interim boss Gary Megson the Baggies have picked up draws against Tottenham and on Tuesday night Newcastle.
Sam Allardyce set for Everton
Elsewhere, according to a number of media outlets, including Sky Sports, Everton are set to appoint Sam Allardyce as their new boss.
The former Crystal Palace boss originally held talks with the Toffees three weeks ago about the vacant position. However, the two parties could not agree on terms,
Allardyce revealed after the talks that he felt that the Merseyside club had delayed too long in completing the deal, which he saw as a sign that they did not want him badly enough.
Reportedly, a major sticking point was the length of the contract on offer. Everton only wanted to hire the 63-year-old until the end of the season. Following a failed attempt at landing Watford boss Marco Silva and worsening results, it seems the Merseyside club are now ready to offer Allardyce a longer-term deal.
The bookmakers have Allardyce as the favourite for the job at odds as short as 8/11. Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca and Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill were also believed to be in the running for the vacant position.
Reports suggest that Allardyce could be in charge of the team in time for Saturday’s home game against Huddersfield. However, prior to that clash, the Toffees take on West Ham in the Premier League this evening at Goodison Park.
The visitors could leapfrog the home side in the league and move out of the relegation zone with a victory. Recent history suggests an Irons win is unlikely though, as the team from East London have won just once against the Merseysiders in 15 meetings. The game is likely to be the last for Toffees interim boss David Unsworth. The clubs under-23 boss has won just once since taking over on a temporary basis five weeks ago. A win for the home side could see them move up to 14th place in the Premier League table.
Who will prove to be the most successful at their new club Alan Pardew or Sam Allardyce?