West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace says the club is delighted with the addition of new technical director Dan Ashworth this season.
He told the Baggies website: "Following the departure of Simon Hunt, Dan Ashworth was appointed as Sporting & Technical Director (designate) in December 2007.
"After a successful probationary period, Dan took up the role on a permanent basis in July when he joined the Football Club Board. Dan has worked tirelessly in his new post which encompasses liaison with the manager, coaching staff and first-team squad plus the management of player recruitment, the sports science and medical departments and the Academy. All areas are progressing rapidly under Dan's stewardship and the Club is now well placed to meet the demands of the modern game."