First Team Coach
Date of birth
The former England captain and cultured midfielder is another trusted consultant for Tony Pulis when readying his teams for battle.
His playing career was highlighted by a top-flight journey largely at QPR and Crystal Palace and 12 England caps, eight as skipper.
Injuries curtailed his international football but Francis began a distinguished management career on retirement, rescuing Bristol Rovers from the football basement before returning to London for headline spells with QPR, twice, and Spurs.
On focussing on coaching, he rejected an offer from Newcastle in 2008 to link up with Tony Pulis at Stoke since when he has remained within the Head Coach's trusted circle joining him at Palace and now Albion.