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Pulis takes charge of first West Brom match

Tony Pulis will take charge of his first match against Gateshead today after being named West Bromwich Albion's new head coach.

Tony Pulis will take charge of West Brom against Gateshead today Credit: PA

He could be without Victor Anichebe (groin) but is definitely without Jonas Olsson who is still recovering from an Achilles operation.

Georgios Samaras, Gareth McAuley, Jason Davidson and Brown Ideye could all start with Pulis ready to give his players a clean slate.

Provisional squad

Foster, Myhill, Pocognoli, Gamboa, Dawson, Lescott, McAuley, Yacob, Davidson, Wisdom, Baird, Varela, Gardner, Brunt, Morrison, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Blanco, Sessegnon, Ideye, Berahino, Samaras.

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Pulis: 'Call me head bottle washer if you want'

Tony Pulis speaks to the media about his new job Credit: West Bromwich Albion

Tony Pulis has dismissed any confusion over the hierarchy at West Brom and insists he understands the job ahead of him.

The former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss has been appointed as the new Baggies head coach on a two-and-a-half year deal to replace Alan Irvine.

The structure at The Hawthorns has come under fire, with Pulis the fourth head coach in just over a year.

But the new boss, who has predominantly been a manager, said titles do not matter and it's all about Premier League survival.

Someone said to me, 'do you mind being called head coach?' You can call me 'head bottle washer' if you want, it doesn't make a difference as long as I know what I'm in charge of.

Everyone understands what we have to do. There's been a lot said about how the club has been run in the past and now with me coming in. The most important thing is everyone works together.

Just because I've walked in the door doesn't mean we'll stay up. There's lots of work to do and for me it's the right club at the right time.

I've got a decent record of helping places turn around, but there have only been four home wins at The Hawthorns in 2014.

– TONY PULIS

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

Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

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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