Alan Pardew AND John Carver have been appointed by West Brom.

Wednesday morning seeing Pardew getting the job as expected.

The former Newcastle boss getting a contract until the end of the 2019/20 season.

However, a bit of a surprise to hear John Carver has landed on his feet again, also confirmed as going into the relegation threatened club.

West Brom Official Announcement:

WEST Bromwich Albion today confirm the appointment of Alan Pardew as the Club’s new Head Coach.

Alan, a former Premier League manager with West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace, has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract.

He will be adding his former assistant at Newcastle, John Carver, to his backroom staff at The Hawthorns.

Alan, who was named both Premier League and LMA Manager of the Year in 2012, was at the training ground today to begin his new job which he described as an “exciting opportunity.”

He said: “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.”

Chairman John Williams said Albion’s board had reached a unanimous decision to appoint the 56-year-old following a thorough recruitment process.

“Alan brings the experience of more than 300 Premier League games and the kind of dynamic leadership from which our Club can benefit,” he said.

“We were impressed with what he had to say and what he has to offer and we are looking forward to an exciting new era under his charge.”

The Chairman also paid a warm tribute to Gary Megson, who had been in charge of first team affairs in his role as Assistant Head Coach but has left the Club today.

“Gary leaves with our gratitude for a sterling job completed in difficult circumstances,” he added.

“We met today when I explained our position which he understood and accepted in the highly professional manner with which he has conducted himself since Tony’s departure.

“He steadied the ship in a difficult moment and we are extremely appreciative of his efforts.”



  • TheNutJob

    Geordie John & Pards,
    😆😆😆

    • Leazes Ender

      The term ‘Geordie’ isn’t a term of abuse…. unless you’re an eighteenth century Scottish Catholic.

  • 1957

    That’s WBA on the way up with the best coach in the PL on board, just think if they can also add Stoney and Woody to the coaching staff…the sky’s the limit until next season when they will lose 8,9, 10 in a row

    • Peaky Magpie

      Didn’t see your post there regards Stone & Woodman,just beat me to it.

      • 1957

        With a bit of luck Pardew might come and take Beardsley and Watson there so we can recruit some competent coaches to run the development of players below first team level

  • Rich Lawson

    Brilliant news,bottom by end of Jan’.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Comedy duo.
    They’re having a laaaaaaarff

    • Rich Lawson

      Yes,the baggie board have clearly also been saddened by Rodney Bewes recent death and have decided to go with two ”Likely Lads” as a tribute. Heartwarming.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Definitely a pair of “likely lads” those two.
        Never mind,when Pardew gets sacked in the next 12-18 months they’ve always got Geordie John to step in and steady the ship.

  • Peaky Magpie

    It honestly beggars belief,Andy Woodman & Steve Stone next for the perfect package ! Have the WBA not even heard about this lot never mind researched their CV’s ???

    • Dillon Tovak

      Kinnear as director of football.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Yes,and Midget Wise will be taking a long distance call in the jungle any minute now !

  • Dillon Tovak

    I don’t really understand this line…

    “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.“

    • Leazes Ender

      Its old…. and its in relegation trouble.

  • robbersdog

    Pardew and Carver? That’s a double-whammy – like getting an arrow through the neck, only to discover that there’s a tax bill attached to it.

    • Paul Patterson

      Blackadder. Lol.

  • Paul Patterson

    “Drastic times call for drastic measures . . Get me two pencils and a pair of underpants!”
    Sod it, just send for Pardew and Carver . .

    • Jezza

      Ha ha, good one, Pardew and Carver are the footballing equivalent of General Melchett and Captain Darling.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Whatever next ? We will be hearing Hippo Heed is off to Everton at this rate ! Oh,wait a minute…..

    • Leazes Ender

      ….. annual shuffling of journeymen managers…. the usual suspects.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Are we all missing the obvious here,is Fatso trying to buy WBA and his team of puppets are already in place ?? 😂

    • Paul Patterson

      Ooh, I love a conspiracy theory . .

      • Peaky Magpie

        What conspiracy ? Elvis has just parked up in a UFO and he told me !!!!

        • Paul Patterson

          With JFK in a Santa outfit I assume . .?

          • Peaky Magpie

            What you were there as well,you should have said hello !

        • Rich Lawson

          ”Elvis didn’t die,he just went home”

      • TheFatController

        I hear Staveley may withdraw her bid til she finds another ‘management dream duo’ now that her first choice are employed again…

    • Jezza

      You never know. Carver coming in as his assistant is interesting. Carver of course was his assistant at Newcastle but it wasn’t Pardew that brought him in, it was the Ashley regime. Just makes you wonder…

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Lucky those 2 weren`t in place last night or we would have been hammered

  • Leazes Ender

    Never forget Carver standing in front of the Gallowgate End threatening the ‘have them aall oot’ for chanting for the removal of Pardew….. Biffa Bacon mark II

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Priceless
      Propa Geordie from Cruddas Park

      • Leazes Ender

        Its just made my day!

  • TubbyMunky

    How long until Pards blames the local press/tea lady/the lad who works behind the counter at the KFC in West Bromwich for a run of bad results?

  • Leicester Mag

    Bevis and butthead reunited can’t wait to see my Baggies friend on Friday night, bet he can’t contain his excitement having the self proclaimed best manager / coach combo in the world. Football management the ultimate confidence trick

  • Leazes Ender

    What is the reaction from WBA fans….

    beechyboy90 ‘not sure about john carver wasn’t my choice and I doubt he was the choice of many others however he gets a clean slate and my support’.

    What a dickheed.

    • 1957

      Beechyboy90, Carver or both

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        both

    • Dave Pattinson

      Chatting to one or two Baggies last night and they were overjoyed to dump Pulis. When I mentioned our experiences with Pardiola their attitude was, it didn’t matter, being a case of Anyone but Pulis. Canny set of fans every time I ‘ve been there, so I’ve no wish to see them in bother…but Pardew & Carver!!!? High liklihood of it ending in tears.

  • Jezza

    I can’t help but feel a little but of sympathy for WBA fans just now.

    • Whickhamrobbie

      apart from adrian chiles what have the baggies ever done to anyone ?
      Pulis , Megson now Pardew and Carver WTF . and we thought we were having a hard time of it .

  • Alan Pardew

    I always thought I should be a manager at a big club. I don’t want to be finishing seventh or eight every year – that’s because I want to win things.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Allardyce now definitely at Everton I hear,hate to say or admit it but he will keep them up.

    • Jezza

      Maybe not, Fat Sham A-Lard-Arce’s luck has got to run out at some point. Not that he’ll care if Everton do go down, he’ll happily pocket yet another multi million pay off when they sack him.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Wednesday November 29th 2017… The Official Day Of The Return of Rubbish Newcastle Manager’s…..I bet Souness,McClaren,Gullit,Dalglish,Ardilles & Jackie Charlton are all sat eagerly & anxiously by their phones as I type away here.

    • Jezza

      By God, just looking at all those names all in the one sentence makes you realise we have had more than our fair share of pure and utter unadulterated shight in the SJP dugout over the years.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Could have went on Jezza but to be honest not sure if some of them are still alive or not ! Respect and all that.

        • Jezza

          Well I’m pretty sure Bill McGarry is no longer with us but I don’t know about Richard Dinnis. Tragically the ones you listed are all still alive.

  • HarryHype59

    These two have fallen out of the lucky tree and hit every branch on the way down. Both are serial failures. At least there is another relegated place filled.

    • Jezza

      I wouldn’t be too sure about West Brom going down, at least not this season anyway. History shows that Pardew usually gets off to a flukey flying start at each new club before reality sets in and the club then goes on an endless losing streak.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Nothing is flukey in winning the Premiership manager of the year the fans who printed leaflets and drove in vans with Pardrew out have no place at St James’s Park they are a disgrace to the great city of Newcastle. Good luck to them both.

        • PJB_NUFC

          You cannot stake a reputation on one season among many, many more that were total shyte.

        • Taz

          What are you smoking????

  • TheFatController

    The good news for west brom is, when Pards leaves for a bigger role due to his mediocrity and little jigs of delight in this one, they can have Carver as caretaker for the rest of the season.

    Now that’s what I call insurance.

  • Toon

    on the evidence of last night WBA have more chance of staying up then we have, unless a takeover happens we are buggered

  • Viru leckworth

    We are on tele on Saturday but my granddaughter has invited my wife and I out to dinner cos it is her birthday. Selfish mare!!!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Good luck to both Alan and John in your fight against relegation sure you will survive and turn it round just as long as we finish one place higher. Sorry for the moronic fans who booed you school boy bullies who are a disgrace to the Geordie nation.
    Thanks Alan for letting me and my mates putting our bills on the club account in the hotel at Metalist Kharkiv a great trip. While we have some great supporters sadly some are morons most of which drink in bar loco. To those who printed leaflets and drove round in vans singing Pardew out you are not supporters so please stay away.

    • Oooh bobbi fleckman

      Tend to agree with all that. Pardew took us up a level and gave us some of the best football we’ve seen from a NUFC side since KK’s side. He & Carver were a good combination and managed to put together two decent sides, the 1-0 win at Man U when Cabaye scored didn’t tell the story how we dominated the champions that day.