Albion’s interim head coach Andrew Crofts will be fully focused on the club and the players after Graham Potter’s departure to Chelsea.
Crofts will hold his first press conference tomorrow morning ahead of Albion’s trip to Bournemouth on Saturday.
A Chelsea youth product, Crofts starred in two spells for Albion and joined Albion U23 head coach in June 2021.
The 38-year-old said on the Albion website: “Right now I’m just thinking about the group and what the group needs over the next few days.
“I’m proud and excited, I’ve been associated with the football club for such a long time through different periods of time, but it’s not about me, it’s about what the club needs and what the players need.
“The main focus is going to Bournemouth, staying in the moment where they’re in it as a group, fighting as hard as they can to get more points on the board and with what I’ve got this season they’re in. Such a good place, so much confidence, you can tell they’re really enjoying their football and looking forward to the next game.
“They know where they are and what they had to do to get to this point, so it’s very important that it stays the way they did, we don’t have to change anything.
“We just have to help further what they have been doing. They’ve worked so hard as a group to get to where they are now, it’s just about helping them in any way we can.”
Crofts, who completed first-team practice this morning, added: “The lads have been great, the energy has been really good.
“You know there will be disappointment that Graham and the staff are leaving the club because of the relationships they have built. But we talked about it and the guys wanted to work right on the training ground and because they’re such a professional they couldn’t wait to train.
“The energy and intensity was really good, it was a really positive morning in terms of the work we got done on the pitch.”
He will be supported by fellow Under-21s Shannon Ruth, standard coach Nick Stanley, Adam Lallana and assistant goalkeeping coach Jack Stern.
“I spoke to Adam, he spoke brilliantly about what the boys need. He knows the dressing room inside out having been a tremendous driver to get the group to where they are now.
“Not only is he a top player and person but he will be massive for the club over the next few days, I cannot thank him enough. We look forward to the challenge. Hopefully it will be an exciting pair of days.”
He also admitted he wasn’t surprised that Graham Potter attracted Chelsea’s interest.
“It’s a reflection of him seeing where he brought the club from where we are now which has sparked interest from big clubs.
“Ever since he came into the building, what he has created with the staff, the players and everyone is unique. It just gives the club such a good platform to build on.
“On behalf of everyone at the club, we wish him well in his next chapter along with the staff who will join him there.”
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