Gerry Francis to step down from West Brom coaching role due to 'moral obligations'
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 04/12/17 9:38pm
Gerry Francis has confirmed to Sky Sports News that he will not continue in his West Brom coaching role due to "moral obligations".
The 65-year-old had been offered the chance to stay on under new manager Alan Pardew following the sacking of Tony Pulis last month.
Former Tottenham and QPR manager Francis had worked with Pulis since 2008 and his time at Stoke, before following him to Crystal Palace and then the Baggies.
"It is with regret that I feel I cannot accept Alan Pardew's and West Brom's offer to stay on at the club due to moral obligations on my part," Francis told Sky Sports News.
"It has nothing to do with Alan or the club where I have spent three enjoyable years. I wish Alan and the club owners, chairman, directors, players and supporters every success in the future.
"I am sure Alan along with the talented squad of players will very soon change the fortunes of the club in the right direction and climb up the table.
QPR finished fifth in the inaugural Premier League campaign under Francis, before he joined Spurs and led them to a seventh-place finish and an FA Cup semi-final in the 1994-95 season.