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Tony Pulis to be Confirmed as New Head Coach at West Bromwich


Tony Pulis will be confirmed as West Brom's new head coach by the weekend, Press Association Sport understands.

The former Stoke and Crystal Palace manager is set to replace Alan Irvine, who was sacked by the Baggies on Monday.

Pulis is expected to sign a two-and-a-half year contract at The Hawthorns and will be in the stands for the Baggies' New Year's Day trip to West Ham.

The 56-year-old is also happy to work within the current set up which has former Wimbledon boss Terry Burton as technical director and Richard Garlick as the director of football administration.

Pulis will be Albion's fourth head coach in just over 12 months since Steve Clarke was sacked in December 2013.

Tim Sherwood also held detailed talks about the post but has lost out for the second time after first being interviewed for the role after Pepe Mel left in May.

Irvine was sacked after just 198 days in charge following a run of seven defeats in nine games which has left the Baggies 16th in the Barclays Premier League.

Pulis is expected to be in place for Saturday's FA Cup third round visit of Gateshead and will be tasked with steering the Baggies away from the bottom three.

He has never been relegated as a manager and helped Crystal Palace to 11th in the top flight last season after taking over in November 2013.

He was named Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year for his work at Selhurst Park but left the Eagles in August.

The Baggies had vowed to move quickly after sacking Irvine on Monday and assistant head coach Rob Kelly was placed in temporary charge.

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  1. Iancransonsknees

    December 31, 2014 at 10:08 am

    The reporter who wrote this is now head of media at WBA. Interesting conversations with Tony to come.

  2. Iancransonsknees

    December 31, 2014 at 10:02 am

    WBA would have stayed up without Pulis.

    It’ll be great watching Baggies fans spontaneously combust after claiming throughout his tenure at the Potters that they would “rather get relegated than play like Stoke.” There’ll be some hurried back tracking there.

  3. jtm371

    December 31, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Good move for WBA they will stay up. Bet a pound or two they stay up. Good luck TP!

    • Christopher Harris

      December 31, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Agreed. It’s a good move for Pulis and west Brom. He’ll definitely be able to keep them up this season.

      My prediction is that Tim Sherwood will get the Newcastle job now.

      • GallipoliVC

        December 31, 2014 at 12:03 pm

        According to the bookies, Sherwood is the favorite by a wide margin. It seems to me Steve McClaren is going out of his to deny he is interested. My money would be on him, where there is smoke there is fire…..

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