James Shanahan tipped for top job at Brickfields
JAMES SHANAHAN is tipped to be unveiled as Plymouth Albion's new head coach today.
The Championship side have called a press conference for this afternoon.
It is believed that, providing all the formalities can be completed in time, the 36-year-old will be announced as Nat Saumi's replacement.
Shanahan is the current director of rugby at Division One side Old Albanian. He guided them to promotion last season.
Shanahan (pictured below), who still plays, also coached Cambridge to promotion.
He is no stranger to the West Country, having played for Albion, Exeter and the Cornish Pirates. The utility back has also featured for North Walsham, Bedford and Parma.
The Herald did contact Shanahan yesterday, but he refused to be drawn on whether he would be the new man in charge at Brickfields.
However, he did confirm he had been interviewed for the job.
It is believed that Old Albanian are currently looking for a new coach.
Shanahan is a close friend of Albion fitness coach James Owen and worked at Cambridge alongside current Ivybridge Community College director of rugby Bob Crooks, who has worked closely with Plymouth this season.