Transfers go on hold at West Brom

West Bromwich Albion have placed January transfer deals on hold until they land a new head coach, caretaker boss Keith Downing revealed today.

Graham Dorrans is the subject of fresh interest from Nottingham Forest while Shane Long’s future remains in doubt as his contract talks rumble on.

But Downing believes no deals in or out of The Hawthorns will be sanctioned until the Baggies secure Steve Clarke’s permanent replacement.

“I wouldn’t have thought anything would happen,” said Downing.

“It’s important that the new man comes in and has a look at his players, sees what he thinks himself and then makes judgements from there.”

Long’s contract expires in the summer, although the club have an option to keep him for another year.

He almost joined Hull in September, but Downing insisted he is not for sale this month.

“Shane is contracted to us,” he said. “He’s an Albion player.

“I was part of the selection that brought him in and we’ve got a high regard for him here.

“Obviously the events of the summer brought it all up, but the bottom line is that he’s an Albion player. We believe in him and he’s part of the plans.”

Albion are continuing interviews with prospective replacements for Clarke but Reading boss Nigel Adkins, whose odds plummeted with bookmakers yesterday, is not thought to be in the running.

Downing was set to take charge of his fifth game today with Crystal Palace due at The Hawthorns in the FA Cup third round.

Billy Jones was ruled out by concussion and a cut eye while Victor Anichebe is struggling with a groin problem.

Downing held brief talks with chairman Jeremy Peace on Thursday.

He said: “When the new head coach comes in, myself and Dean will have an input and explain about the squad and where we think we need strengthening.

“I think the chairman is aware of the speed it needs to be done and of the importance of the month.

“They’ve got four or five people judging who is the best one, they haven’t got it wrong in recent times and we have to trust them to get it right.

“I suppose once the game is out of the way things get back to some sort of normality and then there will be attention on the January transfer window.”

Comments for: "Transfers go on hold at West Brom"

We Only Need One Half!

I assume by "transfers on hold" they mean players going out, as we all know the clubs history on January buys, if so, it seems the sensible thing to do to me.

johnstanley1954babe

it is important to wba fc that when the new manager is appointed next week hopefully. whoever it may be keith downing must either be number 1 or number2 to the new manager . it will not be acceptable if the new appointment brings another coach in so keith is number 3 as he was under steve clarke. he must be at least number2 so that is knowledge and coaching abilities get at least 2 ears to the new coach every day and every coaching session . i would just like to say that kd could not have done much better in the last 4 matches under very trying circumstances congratulations.

simmo54

No news there then E & S ?

It is blatantly obvious that nothing will be done until the new coach is on board - let's hope this is sorted THIS WEEK JP.

I am sure they had a plan when they dismissed SC and for whatever reasons this hasn't materialised, but it needs sorting because we do need to do some business IN and OUT in January - and NOT 31st Albion.

TaffieBaggie

Based on how the club is run they will have already have a number of transfer targets in mind and fully checked as being suitable for the Albion way. So even if the new manager comes in late into the transfer window deals can still be done. Also JP has a policy of not buying players in the January window. I personally feel if any new players come in they will most likely be loan players who will be bought in the summer.

priceywba....Plymouth..

Its time to say goodbye to the best players now..... New year with know boss and i bet players who want out, and who is going to want to come to WBA now. SC would of got some good players in but that not going to happen now.....

gbalbion

Come on Jeremy Peace, get a good manager in who will move the club forward asap.... please let him have the funds to buy good players.

Gabbys Elbow

I still up for Martin Jol.....a good coach, who plays the game on the floor, who has managed some big clubs (Spurs and Ajax)..............

I hoping that yesterdays performance have galvanised JP's mind to act as early in January as possible......the players need some real direction, and if we are not careful i fear that we may drift down the league this month?