Date: 1st July 2019 at 6:50am
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Former interim (long term) caretaker head coach Jimmy Shan almost managed to lead us to Play-Off promotion from the Championship last season as we fell at the Semi-Final stage against Aston Villa and it was expected that he would simply return to his role with the youngster, but it seem Julian Dicks is now the favourite to replace him.

On Friday, the club confirmed that Shan had now parted ways with the club and ended his long stay at The Hawthorns given he originally joined us back in 2006 as an Under 7s coach. His 13 year stay saw him rise through the levels to First Team Coach following Darren Moore’s appointment, and he then obviously took on the top role when replacing him for the final 12 games of the 2018/19 campaign.

Speaking to Chief Executive Mark Jenkins said of his departure.

“We are sorry to see Jimmy leave and we’d like to thank him for his tireless efforts over the past 13 years, no more so than when he stepped up to the challenge of leading our first team for the final 12 games of last season. Jimmy leaves with our blessing and we have no doubt that he will soon be in work elsewhere. We will enjoy watching his progress as a coach from afar and I look forward to our paths crossing again in the future. We wish Jimmy and his family all the very best.”

The presumption is Shan now wants to try his hand at the manager role in his own right and most I would think will fondly wish him well for the future, but almost as quickly as that announcement was made reports surfaced linking us with a move for former West Ham coach Julian Dicks.

The report from The Daily Star is purely speculative and leans on the mutual West Ham connection and his association with Bilic and he did leave West Ham when our gaffer was sacked.

Might be an interesting one but if he came in as Shan’s replacement you would imagine it’ll be a double role with his time split between first team coaching and Under 23 manager.

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