Report: Craig Shakespeare now a strong contender for West Brom return to aid James Shan

General View of The Hawthorns during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Ipswich Town at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich on Saturday 9th March 2019.

West Bromwich Albion could bring back Craig Shakespeare.

Manager Craig Shakespeare of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion at The King Power Stadium on October 16th, 2017 in Leicester,...

According to The Mirror, Craig Shakespeare is now a 'strong contender' to return to West Bromwich Albion as support for James Shan.

The Baggies hammered Preston North End 4-1 on Saturday afternoon, with interim boss Shan responding well to successive away defeats at Millwall and Bristol City.

The game was somewhat strange though, as North End boss Alex Neil was in the away dugout despite claims that he was being lined up to replace Shan ahead of the playoffs.

 

Sadly for West Brom, Neil committed his future to Preston on Sunday, penning a new three-year deal to stay at Deepdale whilst leaving the Baggies frustrated.

Now, Shan has been given the job until the end of the season, but an experienced coach alongside him is wanted, and an ex-Baggie appears to be a favourite for the job.

The Mirror report that Shakespeare is a strong contender to return to The Hawthorns, having already had spells with the club as a player in the 90's and as a coach and even caretaker manager.

James Shan Coach of West Bromwich Albion  during a West Bromwich Albion Training Session on April 26, 2018 in West Bromwich, England.

Shakespeare, 55, has managerial experience with Leicester City as well as vast coaching experience, having joined up with Sam Allardyce for stints with England and Everton.

Now out of work for almost a year, Shakespeare could return to the game with West Brom – but many will be left wondering just why Darren Moore was sacked if this was the plan.

General View of The Hawthorns during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Ipswich Town at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich on Saturday 9th March 2019.

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