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Alan Pardew has been appointed as West Brom's new head coach, the club have announced.
The former Newcastle manager has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal to replace the sacked Tony Pulis.
Pardew has been out of work since last December when he was axed by Crystal Palace - the team he will face in his first game in charge of the Baggies on Saturday.
Pardew told the club's official site: "I'm thrilled with the opportunity Albion have provided and looking forward to getting to work with what I consider to be a talented group of players.
"The immediate challenge will be to get the results we need to pull ourselves up the table. But I'm aware that while I'm joining one of the great, traditional clubs of English football, it is one determined to go forward in the Premier League.
"It's an exciting opportunity to play a part in that ambition."
The 56-year-old had widely expected to become Albion's new manager and he takes over with the club two points above the relegation zone and winless in their last 13 games in all competitions.
Pardew has previously managed Newcastle, Palace, West Ham and Charlton in the top flight.
John Carver, who was Pardew's assistant at Newcastle, will also move to The Hawthorns as part of the backroom team.
Alan Pardew is in the frame to become Norwich City's new manager.
The former Crystal Palace boss could replace Alex Neil at Carrow Road after the Scot was sacked on Friday, Press Association Sport understands.
Pardew is available after he was dismissed by Palace in December with the Eagles 17th in the Premier League.
They won six of their 36 games under Pardew in 2016 but the former West Ham chief has promotion pedigree in the Sky Bet Championship having guided the Hammers to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2005.
Former Birmingham manager Gary Rowett is also interested in the job having failed to land the Rangers role with Al-Gharafa boss Pedro Caixinha expected to move to Ibrox.
Neil was axed following five games without a win but the Canaries had already slipped off the promotion pace in the Championship after a disastrous pre-Christmas run, losing seven games in nine matches.
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Alan Pardew will commit his future to Crystal Palace by signing a new contract before Saturday's FA Cup final with Manchester United.
Despite a poor run of league form during the second half of the season that ended with them finishing 15th, the manager has impressed since his appointment and it is believed has been rewarded with an extension on his current deal, which runs to 2018.
Details of the new contract remain undisclosed but Pardew said: "We are probably going to (sign) it before the game."
The manager has done much to rebuild his reputation since returning to Palace in January 2015, and victory on Saturday would represent his finest achievement.
It would also mark 10 years since his West Ham team almost won the 2006 FA Cup against Liverpool, while Palace lost to United in the 1990 final while he was a player.
Crystal Palace are overseeing a minor injury crisis in the build-up to Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester United, but manager Alan Pardew is confident his team will be close to fully fit come kick-off.
The Eagles boss rested Wilfried Zaha, Wayne Hennessey and Scott Dann in the final Premier League game of the season at the weekend and opted not to not risk Yohan Cabaye, Yannick Bolasie and Connor Wickham, who had minor knocks.
Joe Ledley will definitely miss out because of a fractured fibula that could yet end his hopes of appearing for Wales at Euro 2016 but, beyond him, the potential absences of Wickham and Cabaye have left Pardew concerned.
The manager also suggested that Emmanuel Adebayor could be in line to replace Wickham if the English forward didn't recover.
We had so many missing and we rested Scotty Dann, but Connor was missing for a knock, we're a little bit worried about him, Cabaye had a knock and we were worried about him.
Zaha looks okay but we couldn't risk him. We had a few problems going into this game, I'm hoping they'll all clear themselves up. They usually do, cup final week, I find. Hopefully that'll be the case.
We can look forward to the preparation, and the attention, that's going to come to this fixture, and then we've got to win it, and that's what we'll try and do.
(Emmanuel Adebayor's) been great for us, so we'll wait and see if he's going to start; Connor's injury, who knows, he may start. We'll have to wait.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew claims he sees much of himself in Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp.
The charismatic German became one of football's more popular figures during his reign at Borussia Dortmund and, since joining Liverpool and inspiring them to remain undefeated in six and earn three straight wins, he has attracted attention for his passion on the sidelines.
Pardew is also known for his passion, and ahead of Palace's Premier League trip to Liverpool on Sunday he dismissed suggestions that their similarities mean they are likely to clash.
"I do see him on the sideline, and I look at myself and think 'That's very similar to how I am'," said Pardew.
"He never gives too many negative things out, even though he's quite involved in the game, and I like to think I don't either."