Robson returns to West Brom

West Bromwich Albion FC have appointed Bryan Robson - who began his career at the club - as their new manager.

Successful player
The 47-year-old has agreed a two-and-half year contract with the Premiership club and will be assisted by England youth coach Nigel Pearson. Robson is a former West Brom player, beginning his career there in 1974 before moving on to Manchester United FC seven years later. At Old Trafford, midfielder Robson won two league titles, three FA Cups and lifted the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1991.

Promotion achieved
After retiring, Robson took charge of Middlesbrough FC in 1994 and led the club into the Premiership at the first time of asking. He then guided them to FA Cup and League Cup finals in 1997, although they were also relegated. Robson again achieved promotion the following campaign and once more took Middlesbrough to the League Cup final, although they fell at the last hurdle. He was sacked at the end of the 2000/01 season.

England role
Robson, capped 90 times by his country, also worked as England assistant coach during Terry Venables's reign. He returned to management in November 2003 with Bradford City AFC but was unable to stop them being relegated from the first division. Premiership newcomers West Brom, in 17th place, had been without a manager since Gary Megson's departure two weeks ago.