Alan Pardew has been named as West Brom’s new manager, according to multiple reports.
The former Crystal Palace boss was not at The Hawthorns to see Albion throw away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Newcastle on Tuesday but he is expected to be unveiled on Wednesday, sources said.
Caretaker boss Gary Megson said after the game: “The players are off tomorrow, they’ve not been off for eight days. I’m in at 10 a.m. to see the chairman, I’m not aware of what it’s about.”
West Brom have been managerless since opting to dismiss Tony Pulis following an 11-game winless run in all competitions.
Pardew told Sky Sports on Sunday that he had held talks with West Brom, and he reportedly has a strong relationship with West Brom technical director Nick Hammond after working with him while he was Reading manager.
Albion are two points above the bottom three ahead of Saturday’s visit Pardew’s former employers Palace.
West Brom built on the point earned at Tottenham on Saturday but Jonny Evans’ late own goal earned the Magpies a point as they ended a four-game losing run.
Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field put the Baggies in control before Ciaran Clark started Newcastle’s recovery and Megson believes the squad are making progress despite Albion extending their winless run to 12 Premier League games.
He said: “We are on a poor run but we’ve also just been down to Spurs and now drawn 2-2. It’s baby steps but they are making them. We’ve got some decent players, all honest, never is there a doubt over their workrate but sometimes we don’t have the wherewithal to see games out.
“In terms of the points we’ve lost, not what the opposition have won, they’ve come from deal-able problems.
“It’s a right kick in the wotsits. It was our own fault, we’ve scored two really good goals, passed the ball about fine, they’ve swung a corner in and scored from six yards and spanked a free-kick in which is an own goal.”