Club News

Shan promoted to Under-21 coach

And Danks steps up to Under-18 role

ALBION have promoted James Shan to the position of Under-21 Senior Professional Development Phase Coach.

He steps up from his previous role as Under-18 Lead Development Phase Coach to take over the reins from David Oldfield, who left for MK Dons last month.

The 35-year-old has progressed through the club’s ranks since moving to The Hawthorns as performance coach/Under-11s coach in 2006.

And he has helped develop players such as Saido Berahino, Liam O’Neil, George Thorne, Chris Wood and Isaiah Brown.

Albion Technical Director Terry Burton said: “James was the obvious choice to fill the role.

“He knows the players well having worked with them and helped progress them over the years.

“He now faces the challenge of working directly with our elite Development Squad players as they bid to break onto the first-team scene.”

Aaron Danks will take over as Under-18 Lead Development Phase Coach after also climbing the coaching ladder with the Baggies.

The 31-year-old joined Albion as Under-12s coach in 2006.

Both coaches currently hold their UEFA A Licence and Baggies Academy Manager Mark Harrison said: “I’m delighted for James and Aaron.

“When David moved on we had a lot of strong interest in the Under-21 role from outside the club.

“But the club’s DNA is to evolve and develop the staff and James has been a cornerstone of the Academy over the years.

“Both James and Aaron have followed the coaching pathway here and their promotions send out a positive message to all the staff in the Academy.

“And, with the quality and experience of the coaches we have at first-team level, I’m sure working closely with them will help James and Aaron develop further.”