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Ben Garner to join Albion coaching staff

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West Brom boss Tony Pulis has made an addition to his backroom staff in the shape of former Crystal Palace coach Ben Garner.

The 35-year-old will take the post of first-team coach at the Hawthorns, a role he previously held with the Eagles until last summer.

Garner will work alongside fellow first-team coaches Gerry Francis and Mark O'Connor and will have, according to the club, a "wide-ranging role".

He managed at several youth team levels before being appointed first-team coach during the 2012-13 season, going on to work under Pulis during his spell in charge at Selhurst Park.

Garner left in the summer after current Eagles boss Alan Pardew decided to bring his own man in, with John Salako eventually replacing him.

"I'll be coaching the first team as well as taking a hands-on role in analysis and also recruitment," explained Garner.

"Tony was great to work with at Palace from the moment he came in and I spent that season working for him.

"I got my head down and got on with the job and Tony must have liked what I brought to the role. He is a very straight guy, an experienced manager with very strong principles."

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