Newcastle fans have taken to social media to react to news that former manager Alan Pardew will be taking over the vacant manager’s position at fellow Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies revealed on Wednesday via both their official Twitter account and the club’s website that the 56-year-old had been handed a contract which is set to keep him at the Hawthorns until the summer of 2020.
Introducing our new Head Coach, Alan Pardew…
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) November 29, 2017
The Midlands club had been without a permanent manager for their last two games against Tottenham and Newcastle after sacking Tony Pulis following a poor start to the season, which left them sitting one place and one point above the relegation zone.
In his absence Gary Megson took over as caretaker boss, picking up draws against both the Lilywhites and the Magpies before leaving the club as part of Wednesday’s announcement, with former Newcastle boss John Carver coming in as Pardew’s second-in-command.
Newcast fans were quick to turn to Twitter to have their say on the appointment, demonstrating little faith that their former boss would be able to improve the club’s fortunes in the long run.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best Tweets:
— mark nicols (@marknicols) November 29, 2017
Pardew blatantly waited until after they played us to be appointed. Don't worry, Rafa will embarrass you in April instead #nufc
— Natasha 🏳️🌈 (@NatashaNUFC) November 29, 2017
Pardew and Carver at West Brom. Get your money on them to be relegated folks. #pardewed
— Easto (@EastoNufc) November 29, 2017
— Andrew Lowe (@Andyloweuk) November 29, 2017
#wba fans should enjoy the rest of the season because it’ll be good, then comes the dreaded Pardew curse!!
— The Pride of Shields (@scott_nufc) November 29, 2017
— Martin Welbourne (@rgsby) November 29, 2017
Pardew was in charge of 184 games at Newcastle, winning 71 and losing 72, before departing to join his former playing side Crystal Palace, where he was sacked after 84 games in the dugout.
In other Newcastle United news, current boss Rafael Benitez has delivered a concerning update on the fitness of his stars ahead of the clash with Chelsea.