Garner worked alongside Pulis at Crystal Palace
HEAD Coach Tony Pulis has strengthened his first team coaching staff with the appointment of Ben Garner.
The 35-year-old has rejoined Pulis after the pair worked together during the Baggies gaffer’s previous spell at Crystal Palace from November 2013 to the following August.
Ben joins the first team coaching staff with a wide-ranging remit and admits he is excited by the opportunity’s potential.
“I’ll be coaching the first team as well as taking a hands-on role in analysis and also recruitment,” he says.
“Tony was great to work with at Palace from the moment he came in and I spent that season working for him.
“I got my head down and got on with the job and Tony must have liked what I brought to the role. He is a very straight guy, an experienced manager with very strong principles.”
Ben’s own playing ambitions at Palace were cut short by serious injury as a 19-year-old and after a brief career with non-league Sutton he decided to concentrate on coaching by the age of 24.
A meteoric rise began as he worked his way through the Academy pyramid until former Palace boss Ian Holloway promoted him to first team levels where he remained.
“My aims? In the short-term I want to do whatever I can to help the team to improve and push up the table,” he says. “In the longer-term I want to help the club grow as a Premier League force.”