New West Brom head coach Alan Pardew has a record of delivering instant improvement – but his impact is typically followed with turbulent form.
The former Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager took over at The Hawthorns on Wednesday after Tony Pulis was sacked earlier this month.
Pulis guided the Baggies to a 10th-place finish in the Premier League last season with a goal difference only bettered for parity by Southampton.
It was that cautious, unattractive style and a run of bad results that prompted the board to axe Pulis – but will Pardew deliver the desired style and results?
Pardew had an immediate impact at Newcastle after replacing Chris Hughton in December, 2010 – claiming a 3-1 win over Liverpool in his first game in charge.
Defeats against Manchester City and Tottenham followed, but the Magpies proceeded to lose only one game from their following nine league fixtures – having lost seven out of 16 before his appointment.
However, results reached season-lows in February and April, but the club still finished in a respectable 12th place – having been promoted from the Championship the season before.
Pardew started 2011/12 with a flourish again, guiding the Magpies to third place in October and November but lost five games out of eight before the New Year, before another upturn in form produced an impressive fifth-place finish.
The most dramatic turn of results during his reign bridged his final two seasons at the club in 2014, when an average five-game points return plummeted to zero in March but soared to a maximum three points by November.
Just one month later, Pardew resigned from his post and replaced the sacked Neil Warnock at Crystal Palace. Once again, he made an immediate impact – leading the Eagles to a 2-1 win over Tottenham.
Palace were averaging a remarkable 2.4 points per game by April, 2015, following four successive league wins, before tough fixtures against Chelsea and Manchester United saw that average plummet to 0.6 by early May.
Likewise, Pardew started each of his two subsequent seasons at the club in positive trajectory, typically hitting close to 2.5 points a game by August or September before a collapse in form leading into the festive schedule.
Pardew oversaw a dramatic decline in form between September and November last year and was sacked in December.
So Pardew’s record suggests he may deliver a more exciting style and improved results at first – but history indicates there could be turbulent times ahead.