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Ex-West Brom figure confirms Valerien Ismael is linked to Besiktas

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Former West Bromwich Albion assistant manager Adam Murray has confirmed he joined Besiktas under Valerien Ismael’s coaching staff.

Murray left Albion when Ismael was sacked in early February and has now followed him to a third club, having first served as his assistant at Barnsley before joining The Hawthorns alongside him last summer.

The French coach was announced as the new Besiktas manager a few days ago and Murray took to Twitter yesterday to confirm he would be joining him in Turkey.

The 40-year-old first entered training as manager of Mansfield Town in 2014 – at the end of a 16-year playing career in the EFL.

He joined Barnsley as U18 manager in 2018 and was twice caretaker boss for the Tykes, as well as being assistant to Gerhard Struber and Ismael.

It was with the latter that he really seemed to strike a deal and he left Oakwell to move to West Brom before the start of the 2021/22 campaign.

The verdict

Considering he moved from Barnsley to West Brom with Ismael, it’s no surprise that Murray will once again serve as the Frenchman’s assistant at Besiktas.

The 40-year-old appears to be someone the former Albion boss trusts and enjoys working with – even though things didn’t work out for them at The Hawthorns.

Having thrived at Barnsley but struggled at the West Midlands club, there are likely to be plenty of Baggies supporters watching closely how he fares in his next job.

It would be frustrating for them to see the pair find success elsewhere after things didn’t work out at Albion.