Al­bion staff aim to get coaches mo­tor­ing

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

DAR­REN Moore and first-team coach Jimmy Shan will sup­port an event de­signed to ed­u­cate Al­bion’s next wave of academy coaches.

Moore and Shan (pic­tured) formed a for­mi­da­ble part­ner­ship last sea­son when they stepped up fol­low­ing the dis­missals of Alan Pardew and John Carver in April.

The pair ended a nine-game los­ing streak, in­her­ited from their pre­de­ces­sors, and mas­ter­minded wins over Manch­ester United, Spurs and New­cas­tle that threat­ened to keep the Bag­gies in the top flight.

Both have since been re­warded with pro­mo­tions. Moore was ap­pointed head coach while Shan has been drafted on to the first-team staff from his role with the Un­der-23s.

Now they plan to give some­thing back by speak­ing at a Con­tin­u­ous Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment (CPD) ses­sion to teach and in­spire bud­ding young Bag­gies coaches.

“My­self and Dar­ren are go­ing to do a CPD event with the academy staff,” said Shan. “Dar­ren has been around the first-team en­vi­ron­ment in a coach­ing role more so than me and dip­ping in un­der Tony (Pulis) in the last three years as well. “We’re just putting our ex­pe­ri­ences to­gether, one to aid our de­vel­op­ment, but also to share with the academy coaches. “There’s a lot on that path­way who will want to work at first-team level so just to share those ex­pe­ri­ences with those guys as well.”

Shan’s new role will see him fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing young play­ers on the fringes of the first team and get­ting them pre­pared and ready for a se­nior-level break­through.

Play­ers like Kane Wil­son, Re­keem Harper, Jack Fitzwa­ter, Kyle Ed­wards and Max Mel­bourne, who all spent parts of last sea­son on loan. Hav­ing worked as Un­der-23s man­ager for four years, Shan knows the club’s best young tal­ent as well as any­one. He will also be re­spon­si­ble for op­po­si­tion anal­y­sis, pre-match warm-ups and first-team tac­tics.

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