Alan Pardew appointment shows how far West Brom have regressed in 2017

General view inside the stadium during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City at The Hawthorns on August 27, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

Alan Pardew's appointment does not smack of ambition, but West Brom have few other options.

Former manager of Crystal Palace and Newcastle, Alan Pardew arrives to work for the media ahead of the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Manchester City at the...

West Bromwich Albion have found their permanent replacement for Tony Pulis, with Alan Pardew appointed on Wednesday morning.

While Baggies fans will be relieved to see the uncertainty over the position brought to a swift end, Pardew's arrival only goes to show their recent regression in 2017.

At the start of the year, West Brom looked set to push on and secure an eighth-placed finish, sealing their position as a comfortable Premier League club.

Tony Pulis the head coach

But their deterioration has been rapid, with Tuesday night's collapse at home to Newcastle United extending a 12-game winless run as the side toil in the bottom half.

Pulis' rugged style of play grated with fans, too, and perhaps shows why the club have looked to move in the opposite direction and appoint Pardew who, for some reason, retains a reputation as a manager who favours a more entertaining approach.

In truth, Pardew is an underwhelming appointment and he is very fortunate to land another top-flight job after failing at Crystal Palace following a mixed spell with Newcastle.

Alan Pardew, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on December 17, 2016 in London, England.

But such has been the nature of West Brom's season so far that it appears they were shopping in the bargain basement.

It is a sad state of affairs that West Brom have tumbled into a position where turning to Pardew is even a consideration.

This has been a miserable year for Baggies supporters.

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