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Morrisons announces plans to close West Bromwich store

Morrisons has announced plans to close its town centre West Bromwich store Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Morrisons has announced plans to close its supermarket in West Bromwich town centre.

The Ringway store is no longer viable, according to the financially troubled company.

“We have looked extremely carefully at whether the store can be turned around but unfortunately we cannot see a way of making it viable.

"We are therefore proposing its closure.

"We are consulting with colleagues and unions to reduce the risk of redundancies and we are looking at ways of redeploying colleagues around our business.”

– A Morrisons Spokesperson


Paul Jewell and David Kemp join Tony Pulis at WBA

New West Bromwich Albion head coach, Tony Pulis, has confirmed Paul Jewell and David Kemp are joining him at the club as joint-assistant head coaches.

Paul Jewell's last job was in charge of Ipswich Town in 2012 Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Football fans in the midlands will be aware of Paul Jewell, after he served as Derby County boss between 2007 and 2008.

David Kemp has worked with Tony Pulis before, so the pair know each other well.

...the truth is that we have a working relationship which I value very highly – he knows what I want without even having to ask these days.

Jewely’ is someone I have known for a long time. We got to know each other on coaching courses as well as in opposition – he has massive experience and when I thought about what I wanted for this post, he fitted the bill perfectly.

I’m delighted we have got him and I am sure the players will enjoy working with him. There are one or two other things we shall be putting in place over the next few days before everything is settled.

– Tony Pulis, WBA Head Coach

The cub say they are also in talks to appoint a new goalkeeping coach.

Yesterday, Keith Downing, Dean Kiely and Rob Kelly left the club after a long spell at The Hawthorns.

Pulis takes charge of first West Brom match

Tony Pulis will take charge of his first match against Gateshead today after being named West Bromwich Albion's new head coach.

Tony Pulis will take charge of West Brom against Gateshead today Credit: PA

He could be without Victor Anichebe (groin) but is definitely without Jonas Olsson who is still recovering from an Achilles operation.

Georgios Samaras, Gareth McAuley, Jason Davidson and Brown Ideye could all start with Pulis ready to give his players a clean slate.

Provisional squad

Foster, Myhill, Pocognoli, Gamboa, Dawson, Lescott, McAuley, Yacob, Davidson, Wisdom, Baird, Varela, Gardner, Brunt, Morrison, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Blanco, Sessegnon, Ideye, Berahino, Samaras.

Pulis: 'Call me head bottle washer if you want'

Tony Pulis speaks to the media about his new job Credit: West Bromwich Albion

Tony Pulis has dismissed any confusion over the hierarchy at West Brom and insists he understands the job ahead of him.

The former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss has been appointed as the new Baggies head coach on a two-and-a-half year deal to replace Alan Irvine.

The structure at The Hawthorns has come under fire, with Pulis the fourth head coach in just over a year.

But the new boss, who has predominantly been a manager, said titles do not matter and it's all about Premier League survival.

Someone said to me, 'do you mind being called head coach?' You can call me 'head bottle washer' if you want, it doesn't make a difference as long as I know what I'm in charge of.

Everyone understands what we have to do. There's been a lot said about how the club has been run in the past and now with me coming in. The most important thing is everyone works together.

Just because I've walked in the door doesn't mean we'll stay up. There's lots of work to do and for me it's the right club at the right time.

I've got a decent record of helping places turn around, but there have only been four home wins at The Hawthorns in 2014.



Lidia Pascale search: Body found in wheelie bin

Police searching for missing West Bromwich woman Lidia Pascale have found a body in a wheelie bin on Hope Street.

Yesterday officers and dog units were called in to search open land and gardens following the disappearance of Lidia who was last seen alive on the evening of November 19 on the nearby High Street.

Matthew Cherrington, 32 and Thomas Ricketts, 37, have been charged with Lidia’s murder and have been remanded whilst enquiries are ongoing.

Hope Street has been cordoned off while forensic experts search the area. Police are asking anybody who has noticed somebody behaving suspiciously in the area to contact them.

Body found in search for missing Lidia Pascale

Lidia Pascale Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have found a body in the search for missing West Bromwich woman Lidia Pascale.

Search officers and dog units have been trawling open land and gardens in and around the High Street area of West Bromwich.

Lidia was last seen on Wednesday, November 19.

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