West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has committed his immediate future to the club after signing a new contract that will extend his stay at the Hawthorns for another 12 months until at least the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Speculation about Pulis' position at the club was rife following an apparent fall out with the Baggies hierarchy regarding the summer transfer window, while the new ownership of Chinese businessman Guochuan Lai had also brought its own level of uncertainty.

"This is a time of great change at Albion and when that happens you need continuity," Pulis told WBA.co.uk.

"As I have said from the outset, I want to build things here and play my part in improving the club. You cannot do these things overnight but I do believe, step by step, we are making advances.

"I think the bulk of our fans understand the process we embarked upon under the shadow of relegation less than two years ago.

"We have a club which can aspire to be an established top 10 member of the football league everyone in the world wants to be part of. I want to continue to front that challenge."

Pulis arrived at the club in January 2015 and oversaw a 13th place finish in his first half season. He then followed that up with 14th and safety in 2015/16.

West Brom chairman John Williams spoke of the importance of not jeopardising the continuity on the field while so many changes are happening off it.

"Tony has huge experience and proven know-how in one of the most demanding leagues in world football," he said. "He brings assurance and stability at an important time, when the club is moving from one long-established ownership regime to the new leadership from China."

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