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Megson, Pulis form duet at West Bromwich Albion

Friday 11th August 2017
West Bromwich Albion has appointed former Baggies boss Gary Megson as Tony Pulis' second. Megson last managed West Brom in 2004, for a four-and-a-half-year spell.

Gary Megson began his stint in charge in March, 2000. During his tenure, he twice managed to promote them to the Premier League. Of course, the flip side of the coin is he saw them relegated once. In all, he has managed nine different clubs.

Megson's playing career spanned 19 years, from 1977-95, largely with Sheffield Wednesday. His time at Hillsborough was split into two terms. Megson managed 33 goals in 285 caps with the Owls, healthy portions of his 51 and 586 overall.
Since joining, in July, the assistant head coach has been sharing training duties with Tony Pulis. Megson will know much about club history. He's had to do his homework, however, to catch up with the new philosophy under the Welshman.

Since Pulis assumed the Baggies' reigns, in 2015, he has driven them up the table. Fourteenth place after the 2015/16 season was followed by last season's tenth. Megson's presence helps Pulis instill a sense of tradition in his players. Few have greater knowledge and passion for the club.

West Brom has been active in the transfer market, turning over an ageing and inadequate roster. Incredibly, 15 players were released, including one-time captain Darren Fletcher. Only two players have been brought in. Jay Rodriguez from Southampton and Ahmed Hegazy from Egyptian side, al-Ahly. Zhang Yuning was bought from Vitesse for €7.2 million but immediately sent on loan to Werder Bremen. Hegazy is a towering 6' 5" defender on a season-long loan. If his skill matches his size, the club will surely look to sign him permanently.
With the side's opening fixture at home, Megson will surely receive a warm reception to mark his return to The Hawthorns. His eye will be on the newest players' progress, however, against Bournemouth and throughout the season.

Burnley away, then Stoke at home complete the August matches. Given the overhaul, this could be the Baggies toughest campaign in some time. Three mid-table sides give them an opportunity to gather momentum.

Megson and Pulis as a duo could be a force to be reckoned with. Pulis is the type who demands constant improvement. A mid-table finish last season means he will be looking to force West Bromwich Albion into the Premier League's top half. Megson shares that mentality. Their methods and ethics should dovetail when it comes to tactical decisions and training. If you thought Tony Pulis was already doing a good job, he will do even better with Gary Megson at his side.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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