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West Brom have appointed Steve Bruce as their new manager. He’s signed an 18-month deal.

Steve Bruce has been hired manager of West Brom on an 18-month contract, three and a half months after leaving Newcastle and indicating that he would not return to the club. With West Brom seventh in the Championship, Bruce replaces Valérien Ismael, who was fired on Wednesday. The 61-year-old has earned promotion to the Premier League four times, twice with Birmingham and once with Hull, and is looking to do it again.

“It is a club I obviously know well from my time in the Midlands and I am already relishing the challenge of taking it forward,” the former Aston Villa and Birmingham manager said. “I did not envisage I would return to management this quickly, but once I got the phone call from Ron [Gourlay, the chief executive], I knew I could not resist the challenge of getting this club back to where they want to be. I am coming in with one aim and that is to get Albion to the Premier League.”
Alex, Bruce’s son, has joined the backroom team alongside Stephen Clemence and Steve Agnew. “I fear this might be my last job,” Bruce stated as he departed Newcastle after receiving a lot of vitriol. It’s had a negative impact on my entire family, and I can’t ignore that. They’ve been concerned about my well-being, particularly my wife Jan.”

West Brom have only won one of their last eight games, and Bruce’s first game will be against one of his previous clubs, Sheffield United, on Wednesday. Andy Carroll, with whom Bruce previously worked at Newcastle, is among the team.Gourlay, appointed on Wednesday, said: “Steve is a highly-respected and experienced manager who has an impressive record of earning promotion to the Premier League. His excellent man-management skills, tactical nous and ability to hit the ground running were among the many reasons we decided he was the man to take us forward.

“Promotion remains our objective for this season, and we are confident that with Steve leading the club we have given ourselves every chance of achieving that goal.”

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