Paul Jewell contacts his lawyers after West Brom exit

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Paul Jewell is seeking legal advice from his lawyers over his shock early exit from West Bromwich Albion. 

The Baggies announced on Tuesday evening that Paul Jewell will be leaving the club after they released a statement saying: "Coach Paul Jewell has decided that he will not be continuing his recent assistance on a more formal basis."

Jewell joined Tony Pulis' backroom staff just one week ago and was on the touchline for Saturday's 1-0 victory over Hull City.

Jewell disputes 'mutual consent' report

The former Wigan Athletic and Derby County boss was quick to react with a statement of his own 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.”

Jewell's departure coincided with the arrival of ex QPR and Tottenham manager, Gerry Francis. Francis has worked as an assistant to Tony Pulis for the last seven years during his time at Stoke City and Crystal Palace. 

Pay cut

Francis was in the stands for the Gateshead and Hull City matches. The tight budget that chairman Jeremy Peace is working on at West Brom meant that with the impending arrival of Francis, it would have resulted in Jewell and Pulis' other assistant, Dave Kemp, having to take a pay cut. 

This caused Jewell to question what exactly his role at the club will be which was a contributing factor to his exit. 

In the meantime, Pulis and Francis will be preparing the team for Monday's trip to Goodison Park to face Everton. 

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