West Brom confirm Tony Pulis appointment on two-and-a-half-year deal

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the appointment of former Stoke City and Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis as their new manager.

Tony Pulis walked away from Crystal Palace before a ball was kicked in the 2014/15 campaign, but he is back in Premier League management at West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies have turned to a vastly-experienced tactician following their decision to part with Alan Irvine.

Pulis, who has also bossed Stoke City in the English top-flight, has penned a two-and-a-half-year contract at The Hawthorns.

He will meet the Baggies squad ahead of their meeting with West Ham United on New Year’s Day, but will officially start work on January 2.

Pulis told the club’s official website: “I’m absolutely delighted to accept the job and I do so with a simple but important message for the Albion fans and everyone at the club.

“Every successful club is built on unity and that is what I shall strive to help bring to Albion. We need everyone together from top to bottom – the supporters, all the staff, the players, everyone who has an interest in the club’s welfare.

“With that, we can go forward together and hopefully take this club up the Premier League.”

The club’s Technical Director Terry Burton said: “We are delighted to secure a man of Tony’s calibre and proven ability.

“He made it clear that this position excited him and that he was eager to get back into the business of winning Premier League points - and there are few who know how to do it better.”

Pulis is the reigning Premier League Manager of the Year having successfully steered Palace away from relegation trouble last season.

It came as a surprise to many when he quit that post over the summer, with the Eagles having gone backwards without him – with his successor Neil Warnock now also out of a job.

West Brom will be delighted to have secured his services, though, and will be looking for him to edge them clear of danger, with three straight defeats leaving the Baggies one point above the drop zone.

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