Former West Bromwich Albion assistant manager and caretaker manager Jimmy Shan has revealed details of a three-hour conversation with Slaven Bilic before he left the club.
Shan joined the Baggies in 2006 and gained valuable coaching experience through the various youth teams at the club.
Having spent 13 years at the Hawthorns, Shan opted to leave the club when Bilic was installed as new manager, when he also saw the likes of Julian Dicks, Danilo Butorovic and Dean Racunica arrive.
Put in temporary charge of West Brom up until Bilic’s arrival – Shan secured seven wins during his time in charge, and gained six straight home wins.
Now coaching for National League side Solihull Moors, Shan spoke to Birmingham Mail about his decision to leave the Baggies last summer.
“The club wanted to retain me. I had done 12 games in management, and had got a taste for it.
“I went and met Slaven and we had a good three hour chat with him in his hotel. It was obviously the first time I’d ever met him. He’s charismatic, genuine. We could’ve sat there for another three hours just talking football.
“We talked about players and tactics. To be fair to him he knew everything I’d done in that 12 game period. We spoke about different formations.
“I’m a student of the game, and that was fantastic for me.”
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West Brom have returned to winning ways of late after a run of seven games without victory over the festive period.
Drawing 2-2 with Nottingham Forest at the weekend, Bilic’s side are sitting top of the Championship league table and will be looking to seal automatic promotion this season.
Shan’s conversation with Bilic would have been a brilliant listen and it is obvious that the former Baggies coach has given the Croatian pointers and guidance.
Having had such a good run in charge when caretaker, Shan will be hoping that his career at the forefront of a football can continue.
West Brom are hot favourites to seal promotion to the Premier League this term, and it should not be forgotten that Shan played a part in their initial turn around in form – last season.