Alan Pardew has completed a surprise return to football, putting pen to paper with Dutch strugglers ADO Den Haag.
This is the former NUFC boss’ first job in 20 months after being sacked by West Brom earlier last year, and he’ll be joined by Chris Powell, with the ex-Charlton man set to be his assistant.
Pardew arrives with new club ADO Den Haag in a precarious position, currently sitting second bottom on 13 points from their opening 18 games.
He was in the stands last weekend to watch Den Haag get thrashed 6-1 to reigning Champions and Champions League semi-finalists Ajax, but will be in the dugout for the first time on the 19th January to take on RJC Waalwijk (after the league’s winter break).
It’s hard to predict a manager’s next move after almost two years out of the game, but it’d be fair to say few saw this move coming – especially to a side so low down in the Dutch first division.