West Bromwich Albion’s Head of Sports Science and Performance Nick Davies has secured a move away from The Hawthorns.
That’s according to a recent report by Joseph Masi for the Express & Star, with the journalist revealing that, following Valerien Ismael’s appointment at the club towards the end of June, Davies agreed to leave the Baggies by mutual consent.
It is claimed that the Head of Sports Science and Performance has subsequently agreed a move back to West Ham United, where the coach has previously worked under David Moyes.
With Davies having joined the club while Darren Moore was at the helm three years ago, and going on to remain at Palm Training Ground under the leadership reigns of Jimmy Shan, Slaven Bilic and Sam Allardyce, it is clear that many managers were happy with the performance – rather ironically – of the club’s head of performance.
However, with Ismael clearly wanting to make his own mark at Albion, with the Express & Star reporting that the 45-year-old is keen to bring a number of his own additions to the West Brom backroom staff this summer, it would appear as if the Frenchman would like to head in a different direction than his predecessors in the Baggies hot seat.
This would appear to be the right call for West Brom, who, despite gaining promotion to the Premier League under Slaven Bilic back in 2019/20, appear to have been without a plan and overall direction for a considerable time now – something that the appointment of Allardyce is a clear example of.
However, with Ismael coming in and getting straight to work on making widespread changes, not only to the backroom staff but also with many of the playing staff too, there is a real feeling that this season is a fresh start at The Hawthorns, something that can only be good for a club with ambitions of establishing themselves in the top flight of English football.
Letting Davies go was a big call for Ismael to make, but given that West Brom need freshening up, it was the right call.