West Brom close in on free transfer as they make a crucial addition
Steven Reid is in the running for his first job in management.
The former West Brom favourite only left The Hawthorns in the summer, after a short coaching stint at the back end of last season where he and fellow ex-Baggie Michael Appleton were brought into the club to assist caretaker boss Jimmy Shan.
While Appleton’s position at the club was made permanent, in the form of the club’s U23s manager, Reid left with goodwill on both sides as Albion fell short in the Championship play-offs.
He has since hooked up with Steve Clarke in the Scotland set-up; Reid played for Clarke during his days as Albion boss and also assisted him during his managerial stint at Reading.
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You’re my Darren Moore
It’s fair to say that things are going swimmingly just now for Darren Moore.
Back at another of his former clubs Doncaster Rovers, the ex- West Brom head coach has begun the campaign in a similar vein to his Albion successor Slaven Bilic.
As we hurtle towards the end of September, Donny – just like Albion – are unbeaten in the league, having taken 12 points from a possible six games.
The return of Moore to the Keepmoat Stadium – where the centre-back made 76 league appearances and scored seven goals between 1995 and 1997 – was a popular decision amongst the club’s fanbase.
Transfer claim made
A board member at Barcelona has claimed that the Spanish giants were still able to attract striker Louie Barry to the club in the summer, despite the fact that he had already passed a medical at European rivals Paris Saint-Germain.
Barry left West Brom for Barcelona in July for a deal that was worth only a flat rate UEFA fee of £235,000, because clubs outside of England aren’t made to agree compensation via tribunal – Manchester City, for example, paid around £4m for Morgan Rogers around the same time that teammate Barry left for Spain.
It’s been claimed by a Barca representative, though, that Barry was clutched from the grasp of French champions PSG, who had even completed a photo-shoot ahead of his unveiling.
Silvio Elias, on the Barca board, has explained how 16-year-old Barry – who was also wanted by Bayern Munich – was ‘seduced’ by the La Liga side.
West Brom have completed the freshening up of their academy after appointing Richard Stevens as the club’s new academy manager.
Stevens is to leave the same role that he has held at Coventry City for the last six years and will replace the departed Mark Harrison, who left for Aston Villa in the summer.
The appointment of Stevens isn’t the first the club have made, though; former players Michael Appleton and Boaz Myhill have already taken up roles in the U23 set-up, while former Tottenham man David Kerslake is the academy’s new head of coaching.
West Bromwich Albion are closing in on the signing of defender Saul Shotton.
The highly-rated 18-year-old is available on a free transfer after Bury’s expulsion from the EFL made their players redundant.
It is believed Shotton will put pen to paper on a two-year deal with Albion still able to sign and register free agents.