Per Express & Star journalist Matt Wilson on Twitter, West Brom’s U18 coach Mike Scott is leaving the club to become Derby’s head of academy coaching.
— Matt Wilson (@mattwilson_star) July 9, 2019
As Wilson says, Scott will leave Albion behind after 11 years, becoming the second key figure to leave from behind the scenes this summer.
Only last month Aston Villa were able to snatch academy manager Mark Harrison from under West Brom’s noses as the club’s youth set-up continues to find itself in a bit of a sticky situation.
And news of Scott’s departure left fans of the club in dismay on social media as they found it difficult to comprehend what was happening.
One supporter claimed that something wasn’t right with Albion whilst another said the Midlands outfit were hanging by their fingertips.
A further individual commented that the club was falling apart and another simply urged them to liquidate.
Scott did some fantastic work with the Baggies, not least in helping them reach the FA Youth Cup semi-finals last season.
West Brom knocked out Arsenal along the way as they enjoyed a thoroughly productive run deep into the competition.
Here’s the best of the reaction.
Cannot be a happy ship behind the scenes
— Richard Downing (@rjdowning) July 9, 2019
I’m especially sad to hear this. Mike is one person within the club who I’ve been in regular touch over the past season, and it has helped me get a good insight of how the Academy is run. The club’s lost an excellent man, and I’ve lost an acquaintance/friend within the club ranks
— Conrad Chircop (@conradchircop) July 9, 2019
Too much talk about departure lately for my liking
— Stuart Hollis (@stuarthollis01) July 9, 2019
Obviously something not right at the heart of our great club
— Roger Blunt (@bluntroger) July 9, 2019
— Daniel saunderino (@dansaunders2001) July 9, 2019
Is there any good news?? Just seems bad news after bad news at the moment. #wba
— Matthew Price (@Matt1Price) July 9, 2019
This is getting laughable now!!! #wba
— Gaz (@GazPodmorePT) July 9, 2019
Is this a joke! Surely there needs to be a statement from the club. Is it through the backdoor Administration or what. Hanging by our fingertips now. Sad times.
— Sally Price (@SallyPrice4) July 9, 2019
Will there be anyone left?
— Ryan (@RyanPGlasgow) July 9, 2019
Club slowly falling apart…
— John (@Johntur01) July 9, 2019