Shanahan returns to Old Albanian

James Shanahan

James Shanahan - Credit: David Buxton

James Shanahan is back at Old Albanian as the club looks to escape relegation from National League One.

A former OA head coach, Shanahan has returned to assist head coach Andy Holloway for the remaining two games of the season, against Darlington Mowden Park and Tynedale.

Shanhan left the club after the 2012/13 season, his last game coming against Tynedale, to take the head coach position at Championship side Plymouth Albion. That relationship ended last month after his contract was mutually terminated.

He led Plymouth to an eighth-placed finish in his first season in charge but suffered a second-year slump as they won just three games and sit seven points adrift at the foot of the table with three games remaining.

Shanahan’s return is a huge boost for OAs where he is revered as an excellent player and coach.

A club spokesman said: “Negotiations are almost complete in the club’s bid to once more secure the services of the highly regarded Shanners, who was mostly responsible for Albanians getting to National League One. It is believed that an understanding has been reached between both parties and only a few minor details stand in the way of what will be a most popular return.

“His two year’s experience in The Championship and at England Counties level are seen as crucial to an Albanian resurgence whether the club remains in this League or has to start another promotion charge next season.”