Terry Burton has told the Birmingham Mail that supposed issues regarding West Bromwich Albion’s recruitment process have been blown out of proportion.
Alan Irvine remarked after the summer transfer window that he had ‘no idea what the lists are’ when it comes to top targets.
Once he was removed from his managerial post at The Hawthorns, it was suggested that any incoming boss would have to accept that player pursuits were a collective effort.
Tony Pulis has, however, taken the role and is working hard to piece together plans for the January window.
He will be assisted by those in his coaching , scouting and boardroom teams, but Burton insists that is the case at all clubs and that too much has been made of the Baggies’ way of doing things.
He told the Birmingham Mail: “My role is to assist the Head Coach in whatever way and to work between the Head Coach, the Board and Chairman.
“It is no different from many other roles I’ve done in football - different only in that most of those ‘assistant’ roles have been out on the football pitch, out on the training ground, taking training training, working with the team.
“Now I’m trying to assist Tony Pulis to make us as successful as we possibly can.
“You do that as always by communication, by talking: ‘What do you need?’, ‘What are we looking for?’. It’s a two-way communication.
“All of a sudden that is perceived to be a committee! There is no committee, I haven’t got a committee! We’ve got a scouting department and of course the Head Coach needs to be out on the training ground, so I liaise with the scouting department about what they believe is around, what we look like here and what we look like there. And their recommendations.
“The Head Coach will talk about players and together that’s the way we work to try and achieve what we want.”
West Brom have made a positive start to life under Pulis, with back-to-back wins collected in league and cup competition.
They hammered Gateshead 7-0 in the FA Cup third round, before picking up another clean sheet in a 1-0 Premier League victory over Hull City.
Things are going well, but arrivals are expected to help bolster the ranks and bring added depth to the squad.