Amazingly, as he predicted, Alan Pardew has walked back into a Premier League job.
Despite proving to be the worst manager at all 92 league clubs throughout 2016, Pardew has convinced somebody else that he is the right choice.
Even better, he has also convinced West Brom that John Carver is also the right man to come in and help him.
In the summer, rather than looking for a job overseas or in the lower divisions, Pardew said he was waiting for Premier League clubs to start sacking managers and he hoped he would get is chance again…West Brom confirming his appointment earlier today.
Alan Pardew declaring ‘John has been a brilliant assistant manager’ and that after replacing him at Newcastle, Carver ‘understood what it’s like as a manager’.
As for their pedigree, Pardew stated ‘I average 1.3 points per game. We have a history of delivering.’
“In his managerial experience at Newcastle, John Carver understood what it’s like as a manager.
“We both coach, we can bring good experience and good game plans to this group.
“John has a manner around the training ground that I and the players respect.
“John has been a brilliant assistant manager. He has a good understanding of the pressures I will come under.
“Experience is important. I average 1.3 points per game. We have a history of delivering. I took Palace from relegation to 10th. These things have to be taken into account.
“Bryan Robson represents what I want to put on a football pitch. That is the era I remember most about West Brom as an outsider.
“I hope to free up this team a little bit more. It’s easier said than done because we need to start winning games. I did that at Crystal Palace and hopefully I can do that here too.
“It’s so difficult in the Premier League to win the league or win trophies because of the finances of the top clubs. You have to have those ambitions as difficult as it is though. One day I’d like to win a trophy.
“The immediate target is to halt this run, get some points on the board and to try to put ourselves in a position where we can attack the top 10 if possible.
“I think the squad is good enough to stay up. Our primary focus is Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace. It’s all about winning and anyone who knows me will know that I’ll do anything to win.
“The most important fact is to win games. My best teams play on the front foot and try and put teams under pressure. That’s what I will deliver here at West Bromwich Albion.”