West Brom's Gary Megson reveals why he banished Ben Garner

Gary Megson has revealed his decision to remove assistant head coach Ben Garner from the West Bromwich Albion set-up was based on wanting 'bouncy people' at the club's training ground.

Gary Megson has revealed his decision to remove assistant head coach Ben Garner from the West Bromwich Albion set-up was based on wanting 'bouncy people' at the club's training ground.

Placed in caretaker charge following the sacking of Tony Pulis, Megson also insinuated Garner had potentially been eyeing the top job at a time when the club's mood needed 'lifting'. 

Garner, who was promoted to joint No 2 by Pulis in September 2016, has been told to stay away from West Brom's training ground while Megson, who was also assistant head coach, is making the decisions.

Gary Megson (left) reveals he banished coach Ben Garner because the club needed a lift 

Gary Megson (left) reveals he banished coach Ben Garner because the club needed a lift 

It is understood Megson and Garner have also clashed over training methods. 

Megson said: 'They told me what had happened with Tony [Pulis] and I'd be charge in the interim. From that moment on, you switch into what you've done in the past.

'I've done this for nearly 700 games and been a manager for a long long time. I just wanted to do what I felt was right for the football club.

'We've got some really good coaches here, Mark O'Connor, Jonathan Gould, and we've got other analysts – Carl Blakemore is terrific at his job.

'It was just something I felt we needed on the back of what happened to Tony, we needed to lift that mood, have bouncy people, enthusiastic people.

Garner, who was promoted to Tony Pulis' assistant, was asked to leave the training ground

Garner, who was promoted to Tony Pulis' assistant, was asked to leave the training ground

He added: 'There's nobody here that's using this as an audition to push forward the West Brom job, myself included.

'We're all here to roll our sleeves up and try to get the players in the right frame of mind to go out and compete.

'It is not a negative on anybody, it is just how I would choose to run the team. It was just my choice on what is a peculiar period.' 

West Brom are continuing the process of appointing a new manager, with Alan Pardew the favourite to succeed Pulis. 

The club want Premier League experience but Megson believes there are a number of viable candidates available.

The club are still in the process of finding a replacement for Tony Pulis

The club are still in the process of finding a replacement for Tony Pulis

Asked if there was a dearth of top bosses, the 58-year-old said: 'Not at all. There's a lot of good managers not working, myself included.

'Once you've been a manager for a while people have preconceptions of you that in my case aren't particularly how I am.

'When clubs are looking around for a manger they must have an idea of the type of person they want.

'It used to be winning games, getting the job done, and moving the club forward.

'I've taken over clubs that in the main have been in a mess and managed to turn every one round apart from Nottingham Forest, I couldn't do that. 

'But there's other things that people are looking at, pretty shallow things. Hey ho.'