Former Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew. Photo: Reuters / Lee Smith

LONDON - Premier League strugglers West Brom on Wednesday appointed Alan Pardew as their new manager following the sacking of Tony Pulis.

The former West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace boss has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract at the club, languishing just two points above the relegation zone.

“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 told the club 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.”

John Williams, the club chairman, said Albion’s board were sure Pardew was the right man for the job.

 “Alan brings the experience of more than 300 Premier League games and the kind of dynamic leadership from which our Club can benefit,” he said.

 “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.”

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