Sam Allardyce was named the new head coach of the Premier League club West Brom, just hours after Slaven Bilic was sacked by the Baggies.
Despite a resilient display in a 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Tuesday, West Brom parted ways with Bilic.
After the game, however, rumors surfaced that the club had already made its decision, which was confirmed on Wednesday.
Allardyce was reportedly the favorite to succeed Bilic and the former England manager has now been confirmed as the head coach of West Brom, who has been out of coaching since a short-lived spell at Everton in 2017-18.
Only Arsène Wenger (828), Alex Ferguson (810), Harry Redknapp (641), and David Moyes (557) have managed more games in the league. The 66-year-old, who has previously helped to stabilize and retain battling sides such as Sunderland and Crystal Palace, has managed 512 times in the top flight.
Allardyce, whose main achievement as a manager occurred between 1999 and 2007 at Bolton, signed an 18-month deal with his long-time assistant Sammy Lee on board.
The West Midlands derby against Aston Villa on Sunday will be his first match in charge of his eighth Premier League club.
It is the fifth time that Allardyce has taken on a mid-season job in the Premier League; he has led the team to a higher position on each previous occasion than when he arrived.
Allardyce was appointed as England manager after keeping Sunderland in the top tier in 2016, but his stay came to an end after only one game after he was secretly recorded agreeing to help undercover reporters navigate FA third-party ownership laws.