Alan Pardew has been appointed the new manager of CSKA Sofia and could lift a trophy just two weeks into the role.
CSKA Sofia are set to compete in the final of the Bulgarian Cup on May 11 when they take on city rivals Levski Sofia in just the third match of Pardew's reign. The former West Ham United boss has been working for CSKA since November 2020, having first been the club's technical director before taking on the role of management advisor.
After a short spell as caretaker manager, he has now taken charge permanently on a deal until next summer.
Pardew replaces interim boss Stoycho Mladenov, who departed earlier this month, and will be assisted by former Hammers coach Alex Dyer, youth coach Martin Stoyanov and analyst Hristo Zahariev.
Speaking after his appointment, Pardew explained, via The Sun: "I have always tried to work with young people. Martin and Hristo are excellent professionals who will have the opportunity to learn from me and Alex.
“I hope this will help them progress even more and have the opportunity to apply what we have learned. My goal is to leave a legacy in CSKA and for these young coaches to be able to help the club in the coming years."
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It is Pardew's first managerial position since he left ADO Den Haag in 2020 after the Eredivisie season was voided due to Covid, with the side in 17th place.
The upcoming Bulgarian Cup final presents Pardew with the chance to win his first major trophy, having previously lost his only two cup finals as a manager.
His West Ham side were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the 2006 FA Cup final, before Manchester United got the best of Pardew's Palace in the same competition in 2016.
To date, the only honours Pardew has to his name as a manager are the play-offs with West Ham in 2005 and the 2011 Football League Trophy which he won with Southampton.
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