Plymouth Albion: Graham Dawe to have no influence on selection

'I'm still head coach' says Plymouth Albion boss James Shanahan

Plymouth Albion head coach James Shanahan says Graham Dawe will have no influence on team selection after he was brought back to the club.

Ex-England hooker Dawe, who previously coached Albion for 12 years, returned last week as part of plans to help the club avoid

"I respect Dawesey a lot, he's come on board to advise and observe and that's it," Shanahan told BBC South West.

"I'm still the head coach, I make all the decisions."

Shanahan was away from the club for the birth of his first child last week when Albion announced their intention to appoint an administrator.

But he returned to guide the Championship's bottom side to a 19-18 win over Moseley on Saturday - their first league win since March last year.

Albion's financial troubles
April 2010: Club launches an appeal to raise £100,000 to avoid the need to go into administration
January 2012: Albion raise further money to avoid administration after they part with head coach Pete Drewett as they could not afford his wages
January 2015: Albion announce intention to appoint an administrator unless they can find £250,000 to keep them solvent until the end of the season

And the Albion boss, who took over at the Championship club in 2013, says news that Dawe was being brought back to the club was sprung on him.

"The board decided to bring Graham Dawe in to aid and assist with the coaching, which is hard for myself, as I found out late," Shanahan said.

"I've worked hard with the squad this week, everything was planned and prepped, so even if I was away, the other coaches delivered and it's a great credit to my coaches.

"I've controlled all matters this week and I will continue to do so as long as the board wish me to.

"He's not in a coaching element, he's not in a decision-making element.

"Whether that gets changes it's out of my control.

"I've got respect for him for what he did at Plymouth, for the 12-year period he had. I've got no issue with Graham and if he can bring ideas that will improve us and help us, I'll take it as though it was any other coach."

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