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 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.”
Who do you want at The Hawthorns?
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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