Baggies back Jimmy Shan for rest of season


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West Brom have confirmed Jimmy Shan will remain in charge of first-team affairs until the end of the season.

Shan has overseen a run of four victories in six matches since taking over at The Hawthorns after Darren Moore was sacked in March.

The Baggies were understood to want Preston boss Alex Neil to be Moore’s permanent replacement, although there was never an official approach to the Deepdale club.

But the Scotsman signed a new three-year deal with Preston on Sunday – effectively ruling himself out of contention.

Shan will now get the chance to further impress the West Brom board as he looks to guide the club back into the Premier League at the first attempt.

“I’m happy that we can now move forward with clear planning and direction for the remainder of the season,” he said.

“From a personal point of view there is huge, huge pride to be given the responsibility. For me it is a chance to see the journey through that began at the end of last season.

“I’ve heard it said that with two or three extra games we may have stayed up last season. My aim is to make sure we get those extra games at the end of this season and complete our road back to the Premier League.”

Albion, currently fourth in the Championship, entertain Hull City on Saturday as they try to maintain their spot in the top four ahead of the end-of-season play-offs. The Baggies are 1.85 to win with Hull 4.00 to take all three points.

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