Tony Pulis was appointed as West Bromwich Albion’s head coach on January 1, 2015, agreeing a two-and-a-half-year contract.
He officially took charge after the New Year's Day fixture at West Ham, with Albion beating Gateshead 7-0 in the FA Cup third round in his first match at the helm.
Pulis’s appointment at The Hawthorns took his management career into a 23rd year, highlighted by landmark roles establishing Stoke as a Barclays Premier League force before the remarkable rescue of Crystal Palace from the threat of relegation in 2013/14.
Following Roy Hodgson, it was the second time in four years Albion had appointed a reigning Premier League Manager of the Year. The award was bestowed upon Pulis for his acclaimed revival of Palace. The Eagles finished 11th after the Welshman took control of a team holding just four points from 11 games and placed six points from safety.
Pulis cut his managerial teeth first as a player/coach for Harry Redknapp at Bournemouth in 1992 and onwards through further appointments with Gillingham, Bristol City and Portsmouth.
But it was at Stoke where his reputation was cemented as he transformed the club from a mid-table Championship outfit to one of the toughest in the Premier League with a feared home record and top-flight stability.
JOINT-ASSISTANT HEAD COACH: DAVID KEMP
David Kemp was appointed as Albion’s joint-assistant head coach, extending a long-standing association between himself and Tony Pulis.
Kemp was previously in a similar role working with Pulis at Stoke and Crystal Palace, having also worked with the Welshman at Plymouth.
Previously he had worked as chief scout at Leicester.
Earlier in his coaching career, Kemp followed Joe Kinnear to the Manor Ground in November 2000 to manage Oxford, with Alan McLeary completing the management trio as Kemp's assistant.
'Kempy' has amassed considerable managerial and coaching experience over the years, including two spells as first-team coach at Wimbledon.
As a player he spent time with Crystal Palace, Portsmouth, Plymouth and Carlisle before hanging up his boots.
His first experience of management came in 1985 when he took charge of Swedish side Hagahoden, before cutting his teeth as a manager in England.
JOINT-ASSISTANT HEAD COACH: MARK O'CONNOR
Mark O'Connor was reunited with Tony Pulis having first played alongside the Albion head coach during their spell at AFC Bournemouth during the late 1980s.
The pair duly went on to forge a strong coaching partnership and worked together at Portsmouth, Plymouth and Stoke.
Prior to joining the Baggies, O'Connor worked at Bristol City having been appointed as Under-21 coach at Ashton Gate in summer 2013.
As a player, O'Connor began his career with QPR. The midfielder also played for Exeter and Bristol Rovers, earning one cap for the Republic of Ireland U21 side against England in 1985.
He spent some 18 months at Rovers, scoring 13 goals in 99 appearances before leaving for Bournemouth in March 1986.
O'Connor enjoyed five seasons at Dean Court, making 148 appearances and helped the Cherries win the Third Division title in 1986/87.
He went on to play for Gillingham before making a return to Bournemouth, subsequently ending his career back at Priestfield helping the Gills gain promotion in 1995/96.
FIRST-TEAM COACH: GERRY FRANCIS
Gerry Francis linked up with Tony Pulis in January 2015, extending their partnership into a seventh year and a third Premier League club.
This is Francis' 14th year in the top flight, seven as a manager, during which he never finished below tenth place.
Francis holds the proud record of being the only Premier League manager to establish two separate London clubs - QPR (fifth) and Tottenham (seventh) - as the capital's top side.
His first managerial post came with Exeter in 1983, where he was player/manager. Francis then joined Bristol Rovers as a player and turned out in 33 league games before becoming manager in July 1987.
After four successful years at the Memorial Ground he was appointed as manager of QPR, a club he served with distinction during his playing career during the 1970s.
Rangers finished fifth in the inaugural Premier League season before Francis took over from Ossie Ardiles at Tottenham in 1994, spending three years at White Hart Lane.
After leaving north London, Francis returned to QPR once again as he became manager for a second time. Rangers found themselves at the bottom of the First Division but his return spurred on the R’s and relegation was avoided on the last day of the season.
Francis left QPR in 2001, taking over briefly at Bristol Rovers. More recently he worked with England's U19s before linking up with Pulis, first at Stoke and then at Crystal Palace.
GOALKEEPING COACH: JONATHAN GOULD
Jonathan Gould joined Albion in February 2015, arriving from a coaching role with New Zealand club Wellington Phoenix - the only non-Australian team currently competing in the Hyundai A-League.
The one-time Scotland international was also heavily involved with the goalkeeping departments within New Zealand's U20s and U23s.
As a player, Gould, son of former Baggies boss Bobby, notably racked up over 150 appearances for Celtic, featured in the Premier League with Coventry and was a member of Scotland's 1998 World Cup squad.
He was on the books at Albion for a short period in 1992 – although he did not make an appearance - and also lined up on loan under Tony Pulis at Gillingham having first got to know him when the Welshman was a coach at Bristol Rovers.