Gerry Francis joins West Brom, club website confirms

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

Former QPR and Tottenham manager joins following the departure of Paul Jewell.

West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the appointment of Gerry Francis to their backroom staff.

Manager Tony Pulis has moved quickly to sign up Francis to his cause having lost Paul Jewell earlier today.

It is thought that Francis will work alongside Pulis and Dave Kemp, who will work as Assistant Head Coach as they seek to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

“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,” Pulis told the club’s website.

“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.”

Pulis and Francis have worked together previously, and the Welshman will be delighted that he is extending his partnership with the former England captain once again. It will also see Francis return to the Premier League, where he previously spent seven years as a manager of both QPR and Tottenham.

In fact, Francis is highly regarded in the capital as his spells at both clubs saw him establish them as the top club in the capital. Pulis will be hoping he can have a similar effect on the Baggies, who currently find themselves 14th in the Premier League, just two points off the relegation zone.

“I’ve been working with Tony since the Gateshead game and now I’m happy I have finalised a deal,” said Francis.

“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."

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