After a recent upturn of results, West Bromwich Albion will be fancying their chances of winning promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs this season.
Eyebrows were certainly raised when Darren Moore was sacked by the West Midlands club, especially when the club failed to lure Alex Neil away from Preston North End not long ago.
The club opted to stick with James Shan after their approach for Neil fell through, and you can’t fault the rookie manager for giving it his all since taking over at the Hawthorns.
The former youth team coach has guided them to five wins in eight league games, building momentum at the perfect time as we enter the latter stages of the campaign.
We exclusively caught up with EFL on Quest pundit Stephen Warnock, who praised Shan for the job he has done at Albion thus far – and added whether he can land the job beyond this season on a permanent basis.
“I think he’s done a good job since he’s taken over,” Warnock stated. “To step into Darren Moore’s shoes, when there was a lot of ill feeling towards his sacking, he’s come in and gone about his job quietly, and he’s done a very good job.
“If he gets them up via the play-offs, then there is a big decision. Do they look longer-term for someone with more experience so that they can sustain their place in the Premier League, or do they give him another opportunity?
“I wouldn’t like to be in that boardroom, that’s for sure.”