TONY PULIS is set to be named as Alan Irvine’s successor as the manager of West Brom by this weekend.
Ex-Crystal Palace and Stoke manager Pulis, who has a proven track record at saving clubs from relegation, was installed as one of the favourites to take over at The Hawthorns following Irvine’s dismissal.
Former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood was also reportedly in contention for the West Brom job, but, according to the BBC, Pulis will now be confirmed as the new Baggies boss today.
The 56-year-old will, according to the BBC, will be appointed on a two-and-a-half-year deal and be in the stands at Upton Park for West Brom’s match against West Ham today.
Pulis is set to become West Brom’s fourth head coach in a year with the club retaining its continental structure – with technical director Terry Burton and sporting director Richard Garlick reporting to chairman Jeremy Peace.
The Welshman has reportedly been assured that he will have full control of first-team affairs, including buying and selling players.
According to the BBC, Pulis will meet with Peace for the first time today, and bring in Dave Kemp – part of his coaching team at Palace and Stoke – as his assistant, but decisions are still to be made on the rest of the coaching staff.
He had also been touted for a potential move to Newcastle, replacing the outgoing Alan Pardew who is expected to succeed Neil Warnock at Crystal Palace, but those suggestions were quickly put to bed.
There had been initial claims that Pulis had turned down the chance to take over at St James’ Park, but sources on Tyneside insisted the proposition was never put to him as Mike Ashley considers his options ahead of Pardew’s reportedly imminent departure.