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West Brom: Richard Beale still expected to return to under-21s after Reading win

West Brom: Richard Beale still expected to return to under-21s after Reading win -Championship News

West Bromwich Albion caretaker manager Richard Beale expects to return to his role as under-21 boss despite the win over Reading on Saturday.

The Lowdown: Reading beaten

The 43-year-old took charge of the Baggies for the first time yesterday following Steve Bruce’s departure earlier in the week.

He guided West Brom to an impressive 2-0 win over high-flying Reading, with goals from Matty Phillips and Taylor Gardner-Hickman sealing just Albion’s second Championship win of the season.

The victory took West Brom out of the relegation zone, which led to speculation of Beale possibly taking the role for longer than expected.

The Latest: Burke’s comments

The Athletic’s Elias Burke was asked by one Baggies supporter in a matchday Q&A on the site about the possibility of Beale taking over on a full-time basis.

Burke replied, insisting that the 3-4-3 style caretaker ‘fully expects’ to return to the under-21s, stating: “Wins change everything, but he is very much focused on his job as the U21s manager.

“He spoke about it as a short-term gig yesterday and fully expects to return to the role he’s done so well in.”

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The Verdict: Handy…

Beale beginning his spell as interim manager with a win will come as welcome news to all associated with the Baggies, especially Ron Gourlay.

The chief executive is the man tasked with landing Bruce’s replacement, but he may feel a little more relaxed knowing the club is in good hands with the 43-year-old in temporary charge.

Beale may well be in the dugout again for Tuesday’s meeting with Bristol City, and who knows, another win could result in further speculation over a permanent role.


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