Crystal Palace have today released a short statement to officially confirm the departure of U23 coach Richard Shaw.
The former Palace defender has been part of the coaching staff in SE25 since January of 2013 and is widely referenced as being a key figure in the meteoric rise to prominence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who is now a key member of Manchester United’s first-team.
Prior to his lengthy stint as a coach in Palace’s academy set-up, Shaw had dabbled in coaching at professional level, first as caretaker boss at Millwall in 2007, before being both the assistant manager and caretaker manager at Coventry City in 2012. Whilst the specific reasons for his parting of the ways with Palace remain undisclosed, it’s clear from the wording of the club statement that Shaw will be pursuing coaching opportunities elsewhere in the near future.
It stands to reason that a replacement will have to be sourced quickly; with speculation sure to rage over who will be stepping into the ex-defender’s shoes. Will the Eagles look to promote from within or will they appoint a completely fresh face? I’d be kidding if I said I had a steer on that at this early stage.
From the outside looking in it seems a shame but after six years in the job, it may simply have been a case of things becoming a tad stale for Richard, the club or both. Hopefully there will be concrete news on his replacement before long.