Focused on the task at hand: Tony Pulis
Speaking at his first pre-match press conference of the season and as quoted by Sky Sports, Tony Pulis has ruled out any possibility of him walking away from West Brom this summer even if they don't sign his transfer targets.
The former Stoke boss did however go on to emphasise the urgent need for the Baggies to recruit new faces and quickly following the club's takeover by a Chinese investment company.
West Brom have been operating under the shadow of Jeremy Peace's attempts to offload the club over the past 22 months, and those machinations came to a conclusion earlier this month with the arrival of new owners headed by businessman Guochuan Lai.
Pulis believes West Brom need to sign five new players
However, the changes at the top have meant Tony Pulis' hands have been tied during the transfer window, and with the market set to close in under three weeks' time, the Baggies boss is eager to get new faces in and quickly, stating that his side need at least five players.
He told Sky Sports: "The last 22 months at the club has been difficult because of the situation. It's not been hidden that Jeremy wanted to sell the club. If there's a disappointment then it's been that it has come so late. We've only got two weeks to try and get players in which we desperately need.
"I spoke to Mr Lai when he came over. Obviously he's very enthusiastic about taking the club over. We certainly need to do some business. We have to try and get moving. Irrespective of me, I'm more concerned with getting some players in quickly. That's the most important thing for the club. We've done hardly any business at all.
West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis
"I think personally we need five players in and that will be a tough task. It's not a case of walking out. My aim is to get five players in that will make a difference. I think players are also sitting they're waiting for new players to come in. They are the most important people at the club and they have been waiting to see new faces."
West Brom have only signed one new player this summer, that being Matt Phillips from Queens Park Rangers, who arrived for a fee in the region of £5.5 million.
The Baggies kick off their Premier League campaign tomorrow at Selhurst Park, against Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace.
Matt Phillips is West Brom's only signing of the summer