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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 November, 2004, 18:38 GMT
Baggies appoint Robson as manager
Bryan Robson
West Bromwich Albion have named former player Bryan Robson as their new manager to succeed sacked Gary Megson.

Robson, 47, has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal, with Nigel Pearson moving to The Hawthorns as his assistant.

Robson said: "It's great to be back and I'm looking forward to the challenge. It is a great opportunity for myself.

"I had eight great years at West Brom as a player and have great memories. I would like to try and achieve the success I had here as a player."

The ex-England skipper began his playing career with the Baggies 23 years ago before joining Manchester United, and his return to the club ends a three-year spell out of the top-flight.

Robson's last managerial post was at Bradford, where he departed after losing 20 of his 28 games in charge.

But Albion chairman Jeremy Peace revealed Robson was the club's "first and unanimous choice".

"We looked at managers at home and abroad, with Premiership and Football League experience," said Pearce.

"He was one of Albion's all-time great players and he impressed me with his desire and motivation.

"He has a strong affiliation with the club and supporters and he's ambitious to continue the long-term building process."

The future of Frank Burrows, who acted as caretaker manager following Megson's departure, remains uncertain.

Robson said: "I will spend the next few days assessing the abilities of the coaching staff.

"I've got great respect for Frank and will chat with him and assess what we need to go from there."

However, Robson has already appointed Pearson, his captain while he was Middlesbrough boss, as his number two.

"I worked with Nigel when he was captain at Boro, I know about his attitude and what he's about," Robson added.

"He's got a bit of experience in management at Carlisle and Stoke.

"But I felt I needed someone with enthusiasm and passion, rather than somebody with experience."

Robson's first match in charge will be on Sunday at home to Boro, where he spent seven years as manager after ending his playing career.

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