Former caretaker manager Jimmy Shan has opened up about his time taking the hot seat on a temporary basis for West Brom at the end of last season.
Speaking to Sky Sports News for a feature-length interview about his time with manager of the Baggies, the former coach, who left the club in the summer after 13 years with West Brom, admitted that he was proud of what he achieved in the two months he was at the helm.
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Shan took over as caretaker manager following the surprise sacking of former boss Darren Moore, yet despite having no prior experience taking over the first-team squad, the former U-23 coach managed to steer West Brom to the Championship play-offs, where the Albion were eliminated by rivals Aston Villa on penalties.
The 41-year-old football coach said: “We had a really good run. There were some performances I wasn’t happy with but I was immensely proud to have steadied the ship and steered the club to the play-offs.
Shan added with: “Every single week I was thinking, you know, I am getting used to this. When you are on the touchline and the cameras are going, that’s all-new. But as soon as the whistle went it was no different to taking an U-18 game or an U-23 game.”
Despite taking West Brom to the play-offs, Shan and the club decided to part ways at the end of the season, with the former Albion caretaker manager now a part-time coach at Aston Villa as well as the University of Wolverhampton.
Shan’s impact at the club won’t be forgotten by West Brom supporters anytime soon, with the former Baggies coach almost taking the club to the promised land of the Premier League, something Slaven Bilic is aiming for this season.