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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.

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

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Lidia Pascale search: Body found in wheelie bin

Police searching for missing West Bromwich woman Lidia Pascale have found a body in a wheelie bin on Hope Street.

Yesterday officers and dog units were called in to search open land and gardens following the disappearance of Lidia who was last seen alive on the evening of November 19 on the nearby High Street.

Matthew Cherrington, 32 and Thomas Ricketts, 37, have been charged with Lidia’s murder and have been remanded whilst enquiries are ongoing.

Hope Street has been cordoned off while forensic experts search the area. Police are asking anybody who has noticed somebody behaving suspiciously in the area to contact them.

Body found in search for missing Lidia Pascale

Lidia Pascale Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have found a body in the search for missing West Bromwich woman Lidia Pascale.

Search officers and dog units have been trawling open land and gardens in and around the High Street area of West Bromwich.

Lidia was last seen on Wednesday, November 19.

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Former care worker to appear in court accused of poisoning residents and colleagues

Melissa Swift will appear before Birmingham Crown Court today Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A former care worker will return to court this morning, accused of attempting to murder staff at the West Bromwich sheltered housing complex where she worked.

Melissa Swift will appear before Birmingham Crown Court today where she is expected to enter pleas against ten charges, including three counts of attempted murder, two counts of administering poison, two counts of threats to kill, theft of a drug and possession of a controlled drug.

Swift also used to be a special constable with West Midlands Police.

The 23-year-old, of Hambletts Road, West Bromwich was arrested on August 4 after police were told that some residents and staff at Goldfield Court in West Bromwich were ill with food poisoning-type symptoms. They have since recovered.

Police search for body of missing Lidia Pascale

An area of West Bromwich is being searched by specialist police officers investigating the murder of Lidia Pascale.

Search officers and dog units will be trawling open land and gardens in and around the High Street area of West Bromwich today.

Lidia was last seen in the town on Wednesday 19th November.

She is still missing but detectives are now treating her disappearance as murder.

Two men - 32-year-old Matthew Cherrington and 37-year-old Thomas Ricketts - have been charged with Lidia’s murder and have been remanded whilst enquiries are ongoing.

Lidia Pascale Credit: West Midlands Police

“I am determined to discover what happened to Lidia. As we have now charged two people with murder, it is quite sad to say that I am now looking for her body and I need people to come forward if they feel that they have seen something suspicious. If you were in High Street area following Lidia’s disappearance and you saw anyone acting suspiciously – at the time you may have brushed this off, but I now need you to call me with information – no matter how trivial you feel it is."

– Chief Inspector Caroline Marsh, from force CID

Man charged with murder of missing woman

A man from Sandwell has been charged with the murder of missing woman Lydia Pascale. The man who's 32, is due to appear in court tomorrow morning.

Lydia Pascale, 26, has been missing for over a week Credit: West Midlands Police

Police say a second man who's 37 and who was arrested on suspicion of murder, remains in police custody. Lydia was last seen on the 19th of November in West Bromwich.

Officers say Lydia is still missing, but they are now treating her disappearance as a murder inquiry. They're appealing for information.

Two men arrested on suspicion of kidnap

Lydia Pascale, 26, has been missing for over a week. Credit: West Midlands Police

Two men, aged 32 and 37, have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap following the disappearance of a woman from Sandwell.

Lydia Pascale, 26, has been missing for over a week after she was last seen on Wednesday 19th November. Police are continuing their search for her.

She was born in Romania and has been in the UK for about a year, staying at addresses in Smethwick and Coventry.

Lydia is 4ft 11ins tall, slim with black shoulder length straight hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a black jacket and white jeans.

As part of the investigation a property in High Street, West Bromwich, has been sealed off by police whilst forensic enquiries are carried out.

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