Date: 16th October 2015 at 11:25am
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New coach Ben Garner has completed his first week with West Brom and the first team having joined up with head coach Tony Pulis once more, and he’s given his thoughts on how those days have gone.

Speaking to our most recent addition gave his first interview and explained that he’d been made to feel very welcome by everyone, and it had been a good week for him settling in and getting to know people properly.

‘It’s been good. I’ve settled in well – everyone has been welcoming and it’s a good atmosphere here. I’ve got to know the departments, get a brief understanding about what the Club’s about and had my first proper training sessions where I’ve had a chance to get to work with the players properly. It’s been enjoyable so far and hopefully that will be reflected by what we do on the pitch.’

As for the job that he’s been brought in to do, he went on to say that it’s a general ‘overall’ coaching brief in the main, and this week for example one day he’d been working with the strikers in a session tailored for them, so next week he expects to take another unit for a tailored session and it all comes down really to what Pulis wants him to work on given what the plans are for that particular week of preparation. So it’s pretty flexible for him in that sense.

As for the players with a slow start to the campaign and plenty already airing concerns, he added that everybody was definitely working hard to turn this around and hopefully – sooner rather than later – we would and get ourselves on a real run of results.

‘They’re enthusiastic, there seems to be a good camaraderie and they`ve been very receptive. Also very talented and a nucleus of a good squad. It’s a case of working with those players to try and improve our results.’

Discussing how the move came about, obviously he worked with Pulis during his time at Selhurst Park.

‘I’d worked with Tony at Palace. I got on well with him – we have similar principles and values as people. I spoke to him quite early on after I left Palace and he was keen to bring me in. It was just a case of agreeing a suitable role and then getting a deal agreed. We have now and it was great to be back on the pitch – I’ve really missed that. Now my focus is on trying to help get the team to improve.’

As for aims moving forward, well that’s pretty obviously really – Albion finding some consistency in performance levels and results especially and then hopefully kicking on from there but he has personal ambitions as well.

‘For the team it’s about improving and finding consistency. We need to keep getting better. The potential to push on as a club and move up the league is there too. I’m excited about coming to a new club, a new area…it’s aiding my development and learning from a manager I have immense respect for, trying to better myself and eventually, one day further down the line, I’d like to pursue a career in management myself. I’ve always had that ambition, but that needs to be at the right time and at the right opportunity. There is nobody better to learn from than Tony Pulis. I worked with Kempy and Gerry at Palace. I’ve not worked with Gouldy or Mark O`Connor before but I’ve got to know them over the last few weeks. This is an honest, hard-working unit that’s reflected from the top with the manager.’

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