West Broms new technical director Nick Hammond insists he is ready to start working alongside Tony Pulis to improve the squad.
Hammond has spent the last 20 years working with Championship club Reading but will now embark on a new challenge at the Hawthorns.
The technical director insists he is ready to work closely with the Baggies boss to ensure things run as smoothly as possible behind the scenes and on the field.
Hammond said: When people talk about technical directors they are generally in the background, under the radar until there is a problem and then they come to the foreground.
The assumption is always that there is an issue with the manager and they are picking the players. The role is much wider, people only ever see player recruitment.
At any club there is a process. I have walked into an ongoing process, we are at the back end of the season and discussions on player acquisitions and contracts are already ongoing.
Some of them may be some distance down the line. I need to get to the bottom of that first and then move that forward.
West Brom are expected to be busy this summer with a number of players already linked with an exit, which will mean Hammond and Pulis will have to spend wisely to keep the squad competitive as they look to build on a 14th place finish last term.