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​Unsettled Pulis rumours not distracting West Brom squad

First-team coach Gerry Francis insists recent speculation surrounding the future of boss Tony Pulis has not affected the focus of West Brom's squad.

Reports on Friday suggested the Albion head coach was considering his future with the Premier League club after a frustrating transfer window.

Asked about the situation on Sky Sports News HQ, Francis said: "Speculation is speculation. I think that if there's anything regarding Tony then you need to speak to Tony.

"From my point of view, we've just been getting on with the job of preparing for the season and, obviously, starting the season. We've had a late takeover of the club and managed to get a few players in late in the transfer market, which was very important.

"I understand there are a couple of others which didn't quite go through, which is very disappointing, but it happens, and it is really now about knuckling down and getting on with the Premier League season.

"The rest is finished now until the next window. We've had a reasonable start - a win, a draw and a defeat - and we're tenth in the table at the moment.

"It's important now to get the new players in, who haven't been able to play yet because of the international break.

"So Bournemouth away is our first game to sort the players out and try to fit them into our system. We're looking forward now to trying to get a result on Saturday."

Ian Ferris
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