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Soccer – Pardew relishing Albion challenge

West Brom have named the former Reading, West Ham, Charlton, Southampton, Crystal Palace and Newcastle boss Alan Pardew as their new manager. The 56-year-old, who has penned a two-and-a-half-year contract at The Hawthorns, succeeds Tony Pulis who was axed earlier this month. Even though the Baggies have failed to win any of their last 12 Premier League matches, Pardew is convinced that there is plenty of potential at the club. 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." West Brom, 7/1 with bet365 to finish in the top half of the Premier League this season, can be backed at 29/20 to beat Crystal Palace on Saturday.

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