Date: 17th April 2019 at 6:00am
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On Tuesday afternoon, West Bromwich Albion confirmed the news that I think most fans were expecting – caretaker gaffer Jimmy Shan will continue to lead the first team until the end of the season as we choose against appointing a new manager following the departure of Darren Moore.

With a top four place in the Championship table not enough for our Board when it came to Moore, fans will speculate for themselves about this decision but Shan hasn’t really put many feet wrong since taking the job on given the results he’s picked up, although back to back losses are par for the course, so little has changed in reality despite the change in gaffer.

A statement from wba.co.uk confirmed that Shan would be adding to his coaching staff this week to see us through until the end of the campaign, and whatever anyone’s thoughts about this move, everyone will be hoping Shan keeps his overall success going and we do get the Play-Off shot everyone (should’ve accepted) at the start of the campaign given our overall approach to the transfer window.

Shan is certainly clear on what the expectation is.

“I’m happy that we can now move forward with clear planning and direction for the remainder of the season. It won’t change the work ethic and application of the players and the staff but it enables us to crack on with a clear target in our sights. From a personal point of view there is huge, huge pride to be given the responsibility. For me it is a chance to see the journey through that began at the end of last season. I’ve heard it said that with two or three extra games we may have stayed up last season. My aim is to make sure we get those extra games at the end of this season and complete our road back to the Premier League.”

The reaction was obvious, but rightly, Shan doesn’t carry the can moving forward – whatever happens now.