PAUL Jewell has decided to take legal advice following his shock departure from West Brom.
Just a week after joining new head coach Tony Pulis at the Hawthorns and playing his part on the sidelines in Saturday’s much-needed 1-0 win over Hull, Jewell surprisingly left the club on Tuesday night.
No explanation has so far been given as to why former Bradford, Wigan, Ipswich and Derby boss Jewell has gone, either by the man himself, Pulis or the club.
A statement on the club’s official website on Tuesday simply stated that Jewell had decided “he will not be continuing his recent assistance on a more formal basis”.
But Jewell released a statement on Wednesday which read: “(My exit) was not by mutual consent and it is in the hands of my lawyer. I will not be making any further comment at this stage.”
Pulis has, however, turned again to Gerry Francis for assistance after they previously worked together at Stoke and Crystal Palace when the Welshman was in charge.
Francis has now signed a contract with the club after working informally this past month since the 7-0 FA Cup romp over Gateshead.
Former QPR and Tottenham manager Francis told Sky Sports he was unaware of the reasons behind Jewell’s departure.
Francis replied: “I’ve no idea. He was there Saturday, I was there Saturday at the game... I don’t really know what the situation is from that point of view. I only found out myself last night.”
Pulis claims Francis’ “insight and experience of the very highest levels of our game” were reasons behind his appointment.
Francis added: “I’ve been there since the Gateshead game, been there for some time now.
“It was just really deciding whether I was going to do what I did at Crystal Palace and at Stoke for Tony, the same sort of part-time deal, and get back to the travelling again. Obviously I’ve agreed to do that now.”
As to his duties, Francis said: “Everything really - coaching two days a week and obviously all the games - doing very similar to what I did at Crystal Palace and Stoke.”