By Diane Cooke
Three days after former Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk was sacked after just six months in December, his replacement was announced.
Welshman Tony Pulis brings a wealth of experience to Boro and is tasked with spearheading a promotion push during the second half of the season, something Monk failed to achieve during his 197-day tenure.
Pulis has been out of work since leaving West Brom last month, and boasts an enviable CV that has convinced Boro to act quickly.
The 58-year-old gained his FA coaching badge four decades ago, aged 19, and the UEFA 'A' license only two years later, making him one of the youngest players to qualify.
He had a 17-year playing career in the game as a defender, including spells with Bristol Rovers, Newport County, Gillingham, and Bournemouth, where he played under Harry Redknapp.
He also took his first steps into coaching under Redknapp and after becoming his assistant, his first managerial job followed with The Cherries.
Spells at Gillingham, where he was promotion winner, Bristol City and Portsmouth followed before a first stint at Stoke between 2002-2005.
He returned to Stoke in 2006 after one season at Plymouth, and guided the club to promotion from the Championship in his second season back with the club. Pulis went on to make history in 2011 by guiding to Stoke to first ever FA Cup final. The Potters were beaten by Manchester City at Wembley, but qualified for the Europa League where they reached the knockout stages before losing to Valencia.
He was named Barclays Premier League Manager of the Year in 2014 after guiding Crystal Palace to their highest ever top flight final placing of 11th. Pulis arrived at the club when Palace had just four points but they finished the season with a haul of 45.
In September 2016, he celebrated the milestone of 1,000 games in management as his Baggies side faced former employers Stoke.
Pulis, who joined West Brom in 2015 and spent just shy of three years at The Hawthorns, has never been relegated during his time in the top-flight.
He was inducted into the League Managers Association Hall of Fame in 2016/17.