1. Alan Pardew becomes West Brom's new head coach
  2. Sam Allardyce to 'finalise terms' to become Everton's new manager
  3. Brighton 0-0 C Palace, Leicester 2-1 Tottenham, Watford 2-4 Man Utd, West Brom 2-2 Newcastle
  4. Six Premier League matches tonight
  5. Get involved: Is Alan Pardew the right man for West Brom? #bbcfootball

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By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

Thanks and goodbye

And that is the end for what has been a very frantic live text with Alan Pardew getting the West Brom job and Sam Allardyce set to become the Everton manager.

Tonight, there will be a live text on a busy evening of football and BBC Radio 5 live will have live commentary from 20:00 GMT of Everton v West Ham.

Thanks for getting involved, bye for now.

Mane and Firmino could return for Liverpool

Team news: Stoke City v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

Stoke winger Ramadan Sobhi suffered a minor ankle injury at Crystal Palace but is expected to be available. Saido Berahino is fit despite being left out of the matchday squad on Saturday, but Geoff Cameron is still recovering from concussion and Jack Butland is out with a broken finger.

Liverpool welcome back midfielder Emre Can, who missed the draw with Chelsea because of a minor muscle injury. Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino could earn recalls. Dejan Lovren sat out the Reds' last game through injury and faces a late fitness test.

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City likely to recall Jesus

Team news: Manchester City v Southampton (20:00 GMT)

Eliaquim Mangala could replace Vincent Kompany if Manchester City opt to rotate their squad, while Gabriel Jesus is also likely to be recalled. Fernandinho and Leroy Sane are both one booking away from a ban, while Benjamin Mendy and John Stones remain sidelined.

Oriol Romeu returns for Southampton after serving a one-game suspension. Mario Lemina is again set to feature after showing no ill-effects on his comeback from an ankle injury at the weekend but Matt Targett remains out.

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Defensive problems for Everton

Team news: Everton v West Ham United (20:00 GMT)

Everton are short of defenders, with Leighton Baines and Michael Keane both unlikely to be available after suffering injuries against Southampton. Mason Holgate could return after four weeks out with a groin strain, but fellow defenders Ramiro Funes Mori and Seamus Coleman are long-term absentees. Toffees forward Oumar Niasse completes a two-game ban for diving.

West Ham winger Marko Arnautovic is available despite hobbling off against Leicester on Friday. Javier Hernandez and Michail Antonio remain out with hamstring problems, while ankle injuries again sideline James Collins and Jose Fonte.

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Luiz to miss out for Chelsea

Team news: Chelsea v Swansea City (19:45 GMT)

Chelsea defender David Luiz is ruled out by a knee problem, while Michy Batshuayi, Charly Musonda and Kenedy are also injured. Victor Moses is unlikely to be risked following a hamstring injury but Cesc Fabregas may return after being dropped against Liverpool last Saturday.

Swansea City will be without on-loan striker Tammy Abraham as he is unable to face his parent club. Defender Federico Fernandez also misses out because of a family bereavement. Kyle Bartley remains sidelined by a knee injury, limiting the Swans' defensive options.

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Pardew calm and relaxed

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BBC Sport at West Brom's training ground

A calm, relaxed Alan Pardew faced the press this afternoon. He is clearly ready for the challenge and was polite in answering the questions put to him.

Pardew also revealed that during his time out of the game he has been visiting other sporting organisations to get some knowledge.

One of those was the England rugby union team during last season's victorious Six Nations campaign. Pardew has struck up a friendship with England coach Eddie Jones.

He will be hoping to make a similar impact at West Brom as the Australian has had on England's fortunes.

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Everton's struggles since sacking Koeman

Everton set to appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager

Since Ronald Koeman was sacked by Everton on 23 October, these have been Everton's results with David Unsworth in a caretaker manager role...

  • Wednesday, 25 October - Chelsea 2-1 Everton (EFL Cup)
  • Sunday, 29 October - Leicester 2-0 Everton (Premier League)
  • Thursday, 2 November - Lyon 3-0 Everton (Europa League)
  • Sunday, 5 November - Everton 3-2 Watford (Premier League)
  • Saturday, 18 November - Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton (Premier League)
  • Thursday, 23 November - Everton 1-5 Atalanta (Europa League)
  • Sunday, 26 November - Southampton 4-1 Everton (Premier League)

Played: 7, won: 1, drew: 1, lost: 5, goals for: 8, goals against: 20, league points: 4 out of 15 and knocked out of two cup competitions.

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Unsworth challenges his players to show 'bottle'

Everton set to appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager

Watch an interview from David Unsworth's news conference yesterday. He says players who don't have the "bottle for the fight" should be "honest and come forward and say so".

Everton are 16th in the table and Unsworth says the team have to "stick together".

Unsworth will take charge of his side's game tonight against West Ham.

If you haven't got the bottle for the fight say so - Unsworth

'Everton one striker away from transforming their season'

Everton set to appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager

Everton have only scored 13 times in 13 Premier League matches this season after selling Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United for £75m in the summer.

Football Focus pundit Jermaine Jenas believes struggling Everton are one striker away from transforming their season.

Watch Football Focus on iPlayer.

"Everton one player away from getting it right" - Jenas

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Everton set to appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager

BaggiosPonytail: His 'retirement' didn't last very long did it? It's an ideal situation for him really. Take over a team in trouble and get a lot of plaudits for keeping them in the division. Will Everton finish higher than they did under Martinez or Koeman in the next couple of seasons? I suspect not.

wolf359: If only it was as easy for the rest of us to get another job as it is for a football manager.

TheRealTalker: Good to see Big Sam get another chance at a big club following his stint with England. A tried and tested manager who can deliver results when needed but will never shine, potentially saving Everton's season given the players in the squad.

Experienced Allardyce

Everton set to appoint Sam Allardyce as their new manager

What will Everton be getting with Sam Allardyce?

Certainly a lot of experience, as only four managers have taken charge of more Premier League games than him.

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BreakingAllardyce set for Everton job


We are hearing from one new manager, and another appointment is coming soon.

A statement from Everton confirms Sam Allardyce will "finalise terms" on becoming their new boss.

The statement says: "Sam Allardyce will be at USM Finch Farm this afternoon to finalise terms on becoming the new manager of Everton Football Club.

"David Unsworth will remain in charge of the Blues for tonight’s Premier League match against West Ham United at Goodison Park."

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'Criticism and praise get out of hand'

West Brom name Alan Pardew as new head coach

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As we mentioned, Alan Pardew has reached two FA Cup finals but never won a major trophy in English football, although he is still hoping to do so.

"It is so difficult in the Premier League to have ambitions to win trophies," said Pardew. "You must have those ambitions. I have come very close twice to winning the cup. That is the ambition I am talking about."

What about his critics? He replies: "Criticism comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes also praise. It can get out of hand. It is about having a balance. Some managers get distracted."

'We have a history of delivering'

West Brom name Alan Pardew as new head coach

Some more quotes from new West Brom boss Alan Pardew. He says: "You miss the training ground. The smell. The noise. The passion. That is what I do best.

"Experience is important. We have a history of delivering. I took Palace from the relegation zone to 10th. These things have to be taken into account.

"We are good enough to stay up but the clubs down there will do business. You can lose key players and you need to be on your guard.

"I haven't spoken to (former manager) Tony Pulis but I know him well so I will. I didn't see last night's game (2-2 draw with Newcastle) as we were finalising stuff. I felt uncomfortable watching the score coming through."

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'Attack the top 10'

West Brom name Alan Pardew as head coach

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West Brom are two points from the relegation zone and five from 10th place.

Their new manager Alan Pardew is looking up rather than down as he addresses the media in his first news conference as Baggies boss.

"The immediate target is to halt this run, get some points on the board and to try to put ourselves in a position where we can attack the top 10 if possible,” he said.

New patch for Pardew

West Brom name Alan Pardew as new head coach

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at West Brom's training ground

A lot of interest at West Brom's training ground today for Alan Pardew's unveiling as the club's new manager.

Usually there are only half a dozen or so reporters present for pre-match briefings. Today there are more than three times that number.

It's a new 'patch' for Pardew, having previously worked in London and Newcastle.

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Defoe to miss out for Bournemouth?

Team news: Bournemouth v Burnley (19:45 GMT)

Bournemouth captain Simon Francis is available after serving a one-match ban but he may struggle to dislodge Adam Smith at right-back. The Cherries could again be without injured pair Jermain Defoe and Junior Stanislas.

Burnley will assess Matt Lowton after the full-back suffered a knock against Arsenal. The Clarets may recall record signing Chris Wood, who began on the bench on Sunday.

Jon Walters is back in training following a knee problem, but this game may come too soon for him, while goalkeeper Tom Heaton also remains out with a shoulder problem.

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Ozil could return for Gunners

Team news: Arsenal v Huddersfield Town (19:45 GMT)

Arsenal are hopeful Mesut Ozil will be fit after the midfielder missed the victory at Burnley through illness. Alex Iwobi suffered a dead leg at Turf Moor and is doubtful, while Jack Wilshere picked up a knock but should be fit.

Huddersfield will be without Rajiv van La Parra, who begins a three-match ban following his red card at the weekend. Kasey Palmer and Phillip Billing are both still out but Steve Mounie could make his first start in two months.

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Tonight's matches

It is a big evening of Premier League football.

And here are the matches to watch out for...

  • Arsenal v Huddersfield Town (19:45 GMT)
  • Bournemouth v Burnley (19:45 GMT)
  • Chelsea v Swansea City (19:45 GMT)
  • Everton v West Ham United (20:00 GMT)
  • Manchester City v Southampton (20:00 GMT)
  • Stoke City v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

Glenavon field 14-year-old keeper

If you're good enough, you're old enough is a common phrase in sporting parlance and Irish Premiership club Glenavon FC have taken it to heart by playing a goalkeeper in their first team at the age of 14.

Conner Byrne made his debut for the Lurgan team as they triumphed against derby rivals Portadown on Monday night to reach the Mid-Ulster Cup final.

The head of Glenavon's academy, Ryan Prentice, said he was delighted the teenage shot-stopper had been picked by first team manager Gary Hamilton.

Prentice believes the youngster is more than capable of handling the physical demands of the modern game.

"I think it's fantastic for Conner as a player to play in the first team and credit should be given to the manager for taking the chance on youth, as it doesn't always happen at other clubs," he said. "He's tall, brave and dedicated to training and works very hard with the coaches.


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Is Alan Pardew the right man for West Brom and why or why not?

James Mutch‏: Wonder what’ll happen when Allardyce, Pardew, etc retire? Will Eddie Howe and Sean Dyce become the new go to managers?

Mudiaga Akpotor‏: With Pardew as WBA's new gaffer, we now know that it's not foreigners that block the emergence of young British managers.

Ian Gate-Stone: Alan Pardew, the man who continually picked Hayden Mullins over Javier Mascherano.

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The insecure world of football management

West Brom name Alan Pardew as their new head coach

Alan Pardew has today signed a two-and-a-half-year deal to become West Brom's new head coach.

If the statistics are to anything go by, he will be out of a job before that contract runs out.

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International newspapers

Sport (Spain)

Staying in Spain, and a potential move to Barcelona for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is again on the front pages.

The Sport newspaper reports that the club's top players, including Lionel Messi, have urged Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to make a bid of 150m euros (£132.5m) to Liverpool to buy the 25-year-old Brazil international in January.


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Real Madrid 2-2 Fuenlebrada (4-2 on aggregate)

And Bale's efforts were noted on the front pages of the Spanish football newspapers.

"Bale avoids a disaster", is the headline on Marca, as Real Madrid could only manage a 2-2 draw with third tier side Fuenlebrada in the Copa del Rey, although they did move through into the last 16 with a 4-2 aggregate victory.


Returning Bale saves Real

Real Madrid 2-2 Fuenlebrada (4-2 on aggregate)

Over in Spain, Real Madrid avoided Copa del Rey embarrassment against third-tier side Fuenlebrada in the last 32 of the tournament last night.

Real won the first leg 2-0 but were 1-0 behind at home before the introduction of Wales forward Gareth Bale, who was making his return after two months out with calf and thigh problems.

Bale created two goals for Borja Mayoral, although Fuenlebrada did earn a 2-2 draw in the second leg with a late equaliser, with Real winning 4-2 overall on aggregate.

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Pardew's busy December

West Brom name Alan Pardew as new head coach

Alan Pardew and West Brom face a hectic December, with the club playing seven times.

These are their games next month...

  • Saturday, 2 December v Crystal Palace (home)
  • Saturday, 9 December v Swansea (away)
  • Wednesday, 13 December v Liverpool (away)
  • Sunday, 17 December v Manchester United (home)
  • Saturday, 23 December v Stoke (away)
  • Tuesday, 26 December v Everton (home)
  • Sunday, 31 December v Arsenal (home)

So that's games against the teams second, fourth and sixth, but also matches against the sides 20th, 19th, 17th and 15th. A mixed bag.

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A happy ground already for Pardew

West Brom name Alan Pardew as new head coach

Alan Pardew has already won three times at the Hawthorns in the Premier League.

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Pardew's career in numbers

West Brom name Alan Pardew as new head coach

West Brom have posted a video looking at Alan Pardew's career in numbers.

The video (which can be watched below - BBC Sport app users may need to click on the link) says that Pardew has individually won 108 Premier League matches, the same West Brom have managed as a club.

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Will Ashley Young earn a new Man Utd deal?

Watford 2-4 Manchester United

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Ashley Young underlined his importance to Manchester United with two goals against former club Watford at Vicarage Road last night.

The 32-year-old's contract is due to expire at the end of the season but there is an option for another season, which United can activate when they wish.

Although it hasn't happened yet, my understanding is that it will, as will be the case with all the United players in similar positions, including midfielder Ander Herrera.

The only member of Jose Mourinho's squad that could leave for nothing in the summer is Belgian Marouane Fellaini, who missed last night's game through illness.

Fellaini is allowed to sign a pre contract agreement with an overseas club in January.

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Players showed they care - Benitez

West Brom 2-2 Newcastle

Alan Pardew takes over West Brom with the club in 16th, but they could have been higher up the table had they not thrown away a two-goal lead against Newcastle last night.

Watch an interview with Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez, who said the result shows his players "care" after fighting back from two goals down to rescue a 2-2 draw.

Watch all of Tuesday's and Wednesday's Premier League goals on Match of the Day, 22:45 GMT on BBC One and the BBC Sport website & app.

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Is Alan Pardew the right man for West Brom and why or why not?

Sir Fabian Pavez‏: Now that Pardew is in at WBA. Gary Megson to Everton please, Anyone?

Neil Harris: Same old tired names, Pardew, allardyce #Pardew#Allardyce why can't we see some new English blood in the premier league?, please give the championship guys a chance!

David sullivan15: Pardew is probably the most underrated British manager. Wherever he’s been he’s improved the team & whenever he’s left or been sacked that team has declined following his departure!

Pardew's managerial record

West Brom name Alan Pardew as new head coach

West Brom will be the seventh club Alan Pardew has managed at after spells at..

  • Reading (one game in 1998, and then from October 1999 to September 2003)
  • West Ham (October 2003 to December 2006)
  • Charlton (December 2006 to November 2008)
  • Southampton (July 2009 to August 2010)
  • Newcastle (December 2010 to December 2014)
  • Crystal Palace (January 2015 to December 2016)

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Pardew's controversies

West Brom name Alan Pardew as new head coach

While in charge of West Ham in 2006, Pardew was involved in a confrontation with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

In January 2014, he swore at Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini while in charge of Newcastle.

Two months after that, he was fined £100,000 and given a formal warning for headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler.

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West Brom name Alan Pardew as new head coach

Asher: Pardew will do great at WBA, but not in the long term because be never does. If he signed a contract until the end of the season then great, but otherwise it'll eventually be a sad ending.

Jeevan Sanghera: Pardew, Allardyce. They haven't won anything and get fired every two years. Get younger managers in and put these guys out to pasture.

IL_vile: I'd say Pardew was a better choice for Everton, while Allardyce was perfect for WBA.

Pardew's FA Cup heartbreak

West Brom name Alan Pardew as new head coach

Alan Pardew has not won any major honours in English football, but has twice managed FA Cup finalists.

He was in charge of West Ham in 2006 when they were seconds away from winning the cup, before Steven Gerrard's spectacular equaliser for Liverpool (pictured) made it 3-3, with West Ham losing 3-1 on penalties.

Pardew guided Crystal Palace to the 2016 FA Cup final and again his side were winning, but Juan Mata's late equaliser and Jesse Lingard's extra-time winner gave Manchester United a 2-1 victory.

Pardew has won the Premier League Manager of the Month award three time and was named Premier League Manager of the Season in 2011-12 for guiding Newcastle to fifth in the table.

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Carver joins West Brom's backroom staff

West Brom name Alan Pardew as new head coach

With Gary Megson leaving the Hawthorns, Alan Pardew has decided to add his former assistant at Newcastle, John Carver, to his backroom staff at The Hawthorns.

Pardew's deal is a two-and-a-half-year contract, taking him until the end of the 2019-20 season at The Hawthorns.

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Megson leaves WBA after 'a sterling job completed'

West Brom name Alan Pardew as new head coach

West Brom chairman John Williams has also paid tribute to Gary Megson, who had been in charge of first team affairs for two matches in his role as assistant head coach but has also left the club.

Megson took charge of the team for a 1-1 draw at Tottenham and a 2-2 home draw with Newcastle last night.

“Gary leaves with our gratitude for a sterling job completed in difficult circumstances,” added Williams.

“We met today when I explained our position which he understood and accepted in the highly professional manner with which he has conducted himself since Tony’s departure. He steadied the ship in a difficult moment and we are extremely appreciative of his efforts.”

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West Brom name Alan Pardew as new head coach

Adam Harper: Doesn’t quite show as much ambition as I’d like but ANYBODY is better than Pulis! Let’s hope he can improve the style of play... let’s be honest, it couldn’t get much worse! Get behind him! COYB.

Elmir Badalov‏: Pragmatic appointment, I believe he will succeed at WBA because of his experience.

Chad Smith: Not sure how I feel about the appointment of Pardew as Baggies manager. All I know is the fans wanted change and they got it. As long as we set up in a more positive light then I'll be happy.

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Tony Pulis was sacked as West Brom boss after a 4-0 home defeat by Chelsea earlier this month

Pardew brings 'dynamic leadership'

West Brom name Alan Pardew as new head coach

West Brom chairman John Williams said Albion’s board had reached a unanimous decision to appoint Alan Pardew after what they call "a thorough recruitment process".

“Alan brings the experience of more than 300 Premier League games and the kind of dynamic leadership from which our club can benefit,” said Williams.

“We were impressed with what he had to say and what he has to offer and we are looking forward to an exciting new era under his charge.”