West Brom close to Pulis deal

Alan Irvine was sacked by the club after a run of seven defeats in nine Premier League games left them 16th in the table, just a point above the relegation zone.

Pulis was understood to be concerned with the management structure at the club but, after being reassured he would have the final say over future signings, the Welshman appears set to take the role.

The 56-year-old will now be charged with retaining the Baggies’ top-flight status but will not be in place for the New Year’s Day game with West Ham at Upton Park.

He could take charge of West Brom for Saturday???s FA Cup third round game with Gateshead at The Hawthorns, though.

Pulis was initially thought to have been in the running for the Newcastle job if, as expected, Alan Pardew leaves to become Crystal Palace boss.