Albion staff aim to get coaches motoring
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.