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8 January 2015

Our guide to Albion's new coaching team

ALBION head coach Tony Pulis yesterday confirmed the first appointments to his backroom staff at the club.

Pulis has linked up once more with long-time associate David Kemp, who arrives at The Hawthorns as joint-assistant head coach along with Paul Jewell.

Here we give you the lowdown on the new additions to Albion's coaching set-up

David Kemp

Kemp worked with Pulis at Crystal Palace and Stoke, being part of a team that won promotion to the Barclays Premier League and enjoyed considerable success in the top flight.

Before his first spell at Stoke, Kemp also worked with Pulis at Plymouth and was chief scout at Leicester.

He has considerable managerial and coaching experience, including two spells as first team coach at Wimbledon.

His first experience of management came in 1985 when he took charge of Swedish side Hagahoden, from Norrkoping, but after one year he returned to England for his first spell with Wimbledon. 

He enjoyed two years as manager of Plymouth before taking the reins at Vauxhall Conference side Slough Town. At Slough, he guided the club to fifth place in the Conference, their highest-ever finish. 

Four years as assistant manager followed with Crystal Palace, Wycombe and Millwall, his greatest success coming with the Eagles, who were promoted to the Premier League as Division One champions in 1994.

Paul Jewell

Jewell brings a wealth of experience having been manager of Bradford, Sheffield Wednesday, Wigan, Derby and Ipswich.

The Liverpudlian guided the Bantams to the top flight for the first time in 77 years.

As manager of Wigan, he achieved promotion as champions of Division Two in 2003, putting the club in the second tier for the first-ever time.

Two years later they won promotion to the Premier League in 2005, reaching the final of the League Cup the following season.

After resigning to take a break from football, Jewell joined Derby in November 2007. He guided Derby to their first League Cup semi-final appearance in 40 years before leaving the club in December 2008.

After taking charge at Ipswich, Jewell enjoyed immediate success as he guided the Tractor Boys away from relegation troubles in the Championship, resulting in a positive finish to the 2010/11 campaign. He left Portman Road in October 2012.

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