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Pulis clears out backroom staff

Tony Pulis has begun major changes to his backroom staff at West Brom with coaches Rob Kelly, Keith Downing and Dean Kiely all leaving the club.

The trio have left with immediate effect and Pulis is now looking to finalise the rest of backroom staff at The Hawthorns.

Kelly took caretaker charge after Alan Irvine was sacked last week, overseeing the 1-1 draw at West Ham before Pulis assumed control.

Director of football administration Richard Garlick told the club's official site: "The club would like to place on record its deep appreciation for the contribution of Keith, Rob and Dean within the coaching structure.

"Keith and Dean have been here a number of years and took over first-team control in a caretaker capacity during a difficult period last season. They played a key role in stabilising the team.

"Rob joined at the start of the season and became a valued member of the coaching set-up.

"Changes in personnel are part of football life and it is obviously sad to say farewell to three popular and respected members of staff.

"We wish to thank them for their efforts and wish them all the very best in their future endeavours."

Kelly joined Albion as Irvine's joint assistant head coach alongside Downing, who had been at the club since 2011, in June, while Kiely became Albion goalkeeper coach in March 2010.

Dave Kemp - who was Pulis' assistant at Stoke and Crystal Palace - could move to The Hawthorns after watching the Baggies' 1-1 draw at Upton Park with Pulis last week.

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