West Brom have identified the man they want to haul them back up into the safe confines of mid-table, and that man is Alan Pardew.
According to just about every prominent source, Pardew is set to be appointed as the Baggies new manager at some point on Wednesday, meaning he’ll take charge of his first game against Crystal Palace this coming Saturday.
Pardew has been out of work since leaving Palace in December of 2016 after overseeing just six wins in the entire previous calendar year.
He replaces Tony Pulis, who was sacked after a dreary three-year stint that saw his lumpen side muster less than a goal a game (105 goals in 106 matches) and just two league wins since the start of April.
Apropos of nothing in particular, Pardew is a former teammate of West Brom technical director Nick Hammond, having both spent time together at Reading at the end of their respective playing careers.
Meet the new boss, same (or perhaps even slightly less competent) as the old boss.
Have Baggies fans not suffered enough?