Date: 11th August 2017 at 9:53pm
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Head coach Tony Pulis has now agreed a new contract at West Bromwich Albion.

Our gaffer has signed a new 12 month extension with his current deal seeing him through until the end of the 2017/18 campaign and he will now remain with us until 2019.

Speaking to as his new deal was announced, Pulis referenced our Premier League stability and his plans for further development, including Academy prospects, as being key to why he extended his future with us.

‘I’m delighted to extend my contract because it continues the stability within the Club which is essential for its progress. I’ve said all along that we are in a building phase which requires a step by step process. I think we’ve seen an improvement all across the Club in recent seasons and we must continue that in what is such a tough, tough league. 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.’

Pulis obviously went on to say that maintaining our Premier League status was the main goal and ‘absolutely essential’ but he acknowledged it was now tougher than ever before to achieve that aim with the spending going on in football.

‘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 difficult that is. You only have to look at the Championship in recent years to remind yourself how many clubs have fallen through the hoop and how many sets of supporters would love to be where we are now. We must never take that for granted and continue to commit every ounce of our energy to keeping our club in the division every club in the country wants to be in.’

Turning attentions to a more youthful feel, he went on to say.

‘It’s also important that we maintain the development of our young players within the Academy. I believe that there’s a tremendous talent pool in there and if that talent cannot be realised immediately within our own ranks it is vital we get them out into League football to continue their development and education.’

He went on to add.

‘But I do believe in the future of these young players and that’s an important part of the development of the Club – especially with the incredible rises we are seeing in prices within the transfer market. Managing outside the seven or eight in the Premier League is a tough job but it’s one I still relish and enjoy. It’s a great challenge but it’s important that we maintain stability to tackle it. As for the season ahead, we of course want to improve our Premier League challenge and do everything we can to make a strong challenge in at least one of the major Cup competitions.’

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