Update on Tony Pulis's backroom team
TONY Pulis today confirmed that former England captain Gerry Francis has now agreed terms to resume their partnership at Albion.
But the Baggies Head Coach has still to settle on the precise make-up of his backroom team after coach Paul Jewell decided that he will not be continuing his recent assistance on a more formal basis.
Pulis is delighted Francis will continue to work with him after the one-time QPR and Spurs manager agreed personal terms to extend their partnership into a seventh year and a third Barclays Premier League club.
Francis will work alongside Pulis and Dave Kemp, who will be Assistant Head Coach.
“Gerry and I have worked well together at both Stoke and Crystal Palace and it was always part of my plan for him to join me at Albion,” said Pulis.
“I value his insight and experience of the very highest levels of our game and I’m delighted that he is now on board. We have an agreement that we have employed in the past and suits us both.”
This will be Francis’s 14th year in the Premier League - seven as a manager during which he never finished below 10th. Indeed, he holds the proud record of being the only Premier League manager to establish two separate London teams - QPR (5th) and Tottenham (7th) – as the capital’s top club.
He said: “I’ve been working with Tony since the Gateshead game and now I’m happy I have finalised a deal.
“I like the set-up. Albion have a good training ground, good facilities – but just as was the case at Stoke and Palace, it’s vitally important for the club to retain Premier League status.
“There’s going to be a number of teams involved in the situation. We’ve had three decent results, but there’s a lot of work to do with the side and Tony is obviously looking to strengthen if he can. But I’m looking forward to the challenge.”