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West Brom appoint Tony Pulis as head coach

Tony Pullis Credit: PA

Tony Pulis has been appointed as the new head coach of West Brom on a two and a half year deal, the Premier League club have announced.

Pulis will take up his new role after Thursday's match away to West Ham, with his first game in charge due to be Saturday's FA Cup third-round tie against Gateshead.

The former Stoke boss is the reigning Premier League manager of the year after steering Crystal Palace well clear of relegation trouble in the second half of last season, and West Brom are hoping for more of the same as they sit one point above the drop zone following a dismal run under the sacked Alan Irvine.

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Tony Pulis 'to be appointed' West Bromwich Albion Head Coach

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ITV Central understands that former Stoke City and Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis is to be appointed as the new West Bromwich Albion Head Coach.

It's thought the move will be confirmed by the weekend.

He will replace Alan Irvine who was sacked 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.

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West Brom unveil statue tribute to Tony Brown

West Brom have unveiled a statue in tribute to Tony Brown.

Stars of the football world have attended to pay tribute including Johnny Giles, Ron Atkinson, Cyrille Regis, Graham Williams, John Motson and Tony's son Paul.

FT: West Brom 2 - 2 Manchester United

West Bromwich Albion twice led Manchester United at the Hawthorns, but two second half goals by the visitors meant it a draw with two goals apiece.

The Baggies went ahead early on, thanks to an 8th minute goal by Stephane Sessegnon.

Marouane Fellaini equalised for Utd just minutes after the break, but West Brom reclaimed their lead in the 66th minute, courtesy of Saido Berahino.

But Daley Blind managed to secure a vital late goal for Louis Van Gaal's team, three minutes from time, to earn a draw.

Charity to be set up in memory of Jeff Astle

A charity is to be set up in memory of former West Bromwich Albion player Jeff Astle, who died from a brain trauma caused by heading heavy footballs.

The Jeff Astle Foundation will offer help and support to former players who may also have suffered similar injuries.

The Professional Footballers' Association is helping Jeff's family to establish the charity.

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