Tony Pulis rises in influence as West Brom make several backroom changes

West Brom

West Brom are reviewing their setup at the Hawthorns, with the Baggies' manager taking a more hands on approach when it comes to footballing matters.

West Brom have confirmed that they have made several changes to the back room staff at the club ahead of the new season, via the club website.

Technical director Terry Burton and head of recruitment Mervyn Day, two men that were appointed last summer ahead of Alan Irvine taking charge at the Hawthorns, have left the Baggies this week.

Sky Sports report that the two have been given notice regarding the end of their contracts and placed on gardening leave while the club evaluate the best way to move forward under Tony Pulis.

"Both Terry and Mervyn depart with our best wishes for their future endeavours and gratitude for their efforts during another demanding season," chairman Jeremy Peace is quoted as saying on Sky Sports.

"But I am on record as saying the club would be engaged in an ongoing review at all levels and it was felt changes were required.

"We are looking ahead positively to a new beginning under Tony Pulis after two gruelling seasons. All our focus now is on preparing the squad for a stronger performance. Our plans for this summer are already in place.

"In Tony, we have a very experienced and hands-on operator. In the fullness of time we will recruit suitable candidates for the posts."

The news follows reports that the club have appointed two new scouts to their setup, according to the Express and Star, with Andy Thorn and former Spurs and Liverpool man Mel Johnson also joining Tony Pulis's team.

Johnson is credited with assessing Gareth Bale before his move to Spurs and Liverpool spotting Jordon Ibe at Wycombe, say the Express and Star.

What does this mean for the Baggies?

Obviously it is an indication that Pulis is starting to wield some power at the Hawthorns, especially considering Peace's words indicating that the ex Stoke man is a 'hands on' individual.

It is likely the Welshman will grow in influence at the Baggies, certainly when it comes to football matters, and as he begins his first full season at the club, may well indicate an improvement in the targeting of players moving into pre-season, especially with only James McClean having arrived so far.

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