West Bromwich Albion have hired the man who brought us Callum Wilson and James Maddison at Coventry City.

Coventry City’s loss is certainly West Bromwich Albion’s gain.

At least, that is the feeling emanating from the Sky Blues fan base with the confirmation that Coventry’s academy manager Richard Stevens has left the League One high-flyers to take charge of West Bromwich Albion’s youth department.

The Baggies have been looking for a new academy chief after Mark Harrison defected to join Midland rivals Aston Villa earlier in September. And, in Stevens, they might have just snared one of the best around.

The reaction to his departure, from Coventry’s fans, owners and even manager Mark Robins (as reported by Coventry Live), speaks volumes about how highly Stevens was regarded at the 1987 FA Cup winners.

Established Premier League stars Callum Wilson and James Maddison came through the ranks at Coventry during Stevens’ 12-year reign, while Cyrus Christie, Tom Bayliss and Jordan Willis have all shone in the Football League after making their name with the Sky Blues.

And with Coventry enduring years of financial strife, their academy has never been more important. No wonder the fans are sad to see Stevens go.

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