Alan Pardew is back in the game.
After a 20-month period without work, the 58-year-old former West Brom, Newcastle, and Crystal Palace manager has taken the job at Dutch club ADO Den Haag.
Pardew takes over from Alfons Groenendijk, who was sacked after two years in charge with the club second from bottom in the 18-team Eredivisie. The position is highly disappointing for a club that is generally considered a top-half Eredivisie side, having finished ninth, seventh, and 11th the last three seasons.
“Pardew has experience in dealing with difficult situations, but also knows the way to success,” the official team release read, confirming that he has already begun watching film on the club and taking charge of training.
“We are very happy with the appointment of Alan, who has earned his stripes in English football,” said ADO Den Haag sporting director Mohammed Hamdi. “He has a lot of experience and that is important in the current situation. During conversations we became very enthusiastic about Alan’s football vision and the way he believes he can find a way up the table with ADO Den Haag.”
The club also confirmed that former Charlton Athletic player and Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell will join as Pardew’s assistant. Powell, currently working under Gareth Southgate with the England national team, will also continue in his international coaching role.