Ex-Sheffield Wednesday boss Paul Jewell back in football at West Brom

Paul Jewell
Paul Jewell

Former Sheffield Wednesday boss Paul Jewell has joined Tony Pulis’ new backroom staff at West Brom.

Jewell, who was manager at Hillsborough for eight months in 2000/2001 is being paired with Dave Kemp who Pulis worked with at Stoke and Crystal Palace as joint assistant head coaches.

Paul Jewell.

Paul Jewell.

The duo arrive after Monday’s exits of coaches Rob Kelly, Keith Downing and Dean Kiely following ex-head coach Alan Irvine’s sacking last week.

“I don’t know what I’ve done to suffer Kempy again but I suppose I will have to put up with him,” said Pulis, who has replaced another ex-Owls boss Alan Irvine.

“But the truth is that we have a working relationship which I value very highly - he knows what I want without even having to ask these days.

“Jewely’ is someone I have known for a long time. We got to know each other on coaching courses as well as in opposition - he has massive experience and when I thought about what I wanted for this post, he fitted the bill perfectly.

“I’m delighted we have got him and I am sure the players will enjoy working with him.

“There are one or two other things we shall be putting in place over the next few days before everything is settled.

“It is never a pleasant task making changes because it always means some fellow professionals have to leave the club. I would just like to say that while I only worked with Keith, Dean and Rob for a short time, they impressed me as top lads who I wish well for the future.”

Gerry Francis, who again worked with Pulis at Stoke, is expected to be added to the coaching staff on a part-time basis.

Kemp has a long-standing working relationship with Pulis while ex-Derby and Wigan boss Jewell has been out of work since leaving as Ipswich manager in 2012.

“We struck up a bond way back at Portsmouth in 2000 as manager and assistant. It’s been successful and we have kept it going,” Kemp said.

“Tony is the main man and my job is to support him in every way to help make the team successful.

“I’m really impressed with the club and it’s our responsibility to make it successful.”


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