West Bromwich Albion FC appoint Tony Pulis as new manager
Pulis will sign a two-and-a-half year deal at The Hawthorns and replace Allan Irvine
December 31st, 2014
Tony Pulis is becoming the go-to man when it comes to getting teams out of Premier League relegation trouble.
Having guided Stoke City into the top flight and kept them chugging along for several seasons (while reaching an FA Cup final), he last season took control of a struggling Crystal Palace side and launched them well clear of the drop zone.
Now Pulis is tasked with getting West Brom safe this season, with Alan Irvine making way for someone who is developing a proven track record for getting the right results with modest outfits.
The reasons behind Pulis leaving Palace might now become clear although West Brom are set to hand the Welshman a two-and-a-half year contract to man the tiller with the Baggies and ensure they retain their Premier League status.
Pulis will watch the New Year’s Day clash at Upton Park in the stands before officially taking charge for the FA Cup clash against Gateshead, with West Brom set to appoint him as Head Coach at the club.
Irvine was not the first choice of Albion last summer, with Steve Clarke and Pepe Mel having both made way last season and West Brom will now hope that Pulis brings some much-needed stability to a club who are set to be scrapping against the drop between now and the end of the season.