Alan Pardew has mutually agreed with West Brom to step down from the managerial seat at the Hawthorns. Recent reports claim that Everton’s first team coach, Craig Shakespeare has been touted to be his replacement along with Nigel Pearson.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 2, 2018
Shakespeare already has ties with the Baggies from his playing days back in the early 90s. The 54-year-old represented the club in 112 league games and later transferred to Grimsby Town.
In 1999, he re-joined Albion as an entry-level coach, responsible for the grass-root level player coaching and was later promoted to the academy management. After Bryan Robson and Nigel Person left the club in 2006, Shakespeare was given the caretaker position of the West Brom first team for just one game.
This was the start of his senior management career as the Birmingham-born man was later recruited by Pearson himself at Leicester City. Shakespeare even managed to hold onto the assistant manager post despite Pearson getting sacked in the summer of 2015.
He was appointed the first team coach following Claudio Ranieri’s firing and Leicester City’s title-winning 2015/16 season. But after a run of poor displays with the club nearing the relegation scraps, he too faced the axe 2 months into the season.
Now, Sam Allardyce has taken him into his wing…