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Chris Brunt returns to West Brom in a coaching role

Chris Brunt returns to West Brom in a coaching role

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Chris Brunt returns to West Brom in a coaching role

Former Northern Ireland international Chris Brunt has taken his first steps into coaching after agreeing to return to former club West Brom as an Academy coach.

The 36-year-old, who played 421 times for the Baggies and was captain for several years, will become a coach at under-age level, where he will assist Under-23s boss Deon Burton.

The hope for Brunt is that he can follow in the footsteps of James Morrison and Boaz Myhill, two former team-mates at the Hawthorns who similarly began their coaching careers with the Albion Academy.

Morrison is now a first-team coach with the Premier League club while Myhill is goalkeeping coach, and Brunt will surely believe that he too can use this role as a launchpad to bigger and better things.

"I'm delighted to be able to begin coaching at the club I have called home for so many years of my playing career. I'm grateful to the club, in particular (West Brom sporting and technical director) Luke Dowling for making this opportunity available to me," said Brunt.

"We began discussing this role at the start of the year when injury had ended my time with Bristol City and I'm looking forward to a new challenge. I hope I will be able to pass on my experiences to younger players making their way in the game."

Dowling added: "We're confident (Brunt's) wealth of knowledge of this football club will benefit both parties as he makes the transition from player to coach. In Chris we have a professional who himself played academy football and he knows what it takes to play at the highest level. We are delighted to have him on board and we look forward to seeing him develop as a coach."

Belfast Telegraph

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