West Brom boss Tony Pulis agrees contract extension

Tony Pulis

The 59-year-old Welshman, who took over from Alan Irvine in January 2015, could now go on to become the club's longest-serving manager in the modern era.

Pulis is joined on the bench this year by new assistant manager and former Hawthorns boss Gary Megson.

Pulis agreed terms to extend his stay with the club until 2019 on Friday, and it was back to business 24 hours later as West Brom continued the theme of the previous campaign by displaying trademark defensive steel coupled with set-piece prowess.

"We are a smaller, tighter squad then we were at this stage last season but I think the quality is higher and that could be a key difference".

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"Having spoken to John at great length over the summer, we know this club has a direction it needs to follow and we are determined to do that".

12Bet spokesman Rory Anderson added: "We are excited to be the first ever betting company to partner with a Premier League club as both Shirt Arm and Training Wear partner".

He said: "We can never underestimate just how important it is to keep our place in a league that is now the most famous and the most followed in the world".

"Neither can we underestimate how hard that is".

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"I believe that there's a tremendous talent pool in there and if that talent can not be realised immediately within our own ranks it is vital we get them out into league football to continue their development and education".

The Baggies chairman said: "We are continuing a transition from one ownership to another and it is absolutely essential that this process is accompanied by stability within the club".

Pulis has introduced youngsters such as Sam Field and Jonathan Leko to the West Brom first team during his time in charge.

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