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Breaking: Tony Pulis Will Succeed Alan Irvine As West Brom Manager

The Welshman will take charge as of January 1.

West Bromwich Albion have wasted no time in finding a replacement for Alan Irvine and will name Tony Pulis as their new manager on January 1, reports BBC Sport.

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The Welshman will sign a two-and-a-half year deal and is expected to be in the stands at the Boleyn Ground on New Year’s Day as West Brom travel to East London to take on West Ham United.

Pulis has been without a job since leaving Crystal Palace days before the 2014/15 season started and the Baggies will be hoping he can perform the same excellence at the Hawthorns as he did with the Eagles.

The former Stoke City boss helped guide Palace away from relegation against the odds last season after their woeful start under Ian Holloway and was shortlisted for the Manager of the Year award for his efforts.

The Birmingham club will retain their continental style of the head coach reporting to the technical director, Terry Burton, and sporting director, Richard Garlick, and they will in turn report to chairman Jeremy Peace.

However, Pulis has been assured that all first team matters will be his to decide upon – including the buying and selling of players – and the 56-year-old should be used to this having operated in a similar manner at Stoke along with John Rudge.

Dave Kemp will come in as assistant as he also did with the Potters and Palace.

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