West Bromwich Albion fans have been reacting to a recent update in their hunt for a new manager.
John Percy, Midlands football reporter for The Telegraph, tweeted the news that Valérien Ismaël is very close to becoming the new West Brom manager after Barnsley and WBA agreed on a compensation fee and had positive talks over the weekend.
“Get in! Buzzing with this. Great to see Albion actually having some ambition for once to get a manager in that’s not out of a job.”
“Think he’s the right option”
“The club finally showing some ambition and not going for a manager out of a job, hopefully we can get it done and he can get the backing he wants. #wba“
“Have to be happy with this appointment. To get Barnsley into the playoffs on their budget was nothing short of a miracle. Think the direct style was borne out of necessity so hopefully get to see some good football back at The Hawthorns. #wba“
“Buzzing with that. Great appointment from the Albion for once”
“A bit of positive news for once!”
Judging by the responses to Percy’s tweet, it appears West Brom fans are overjoyed with this latest news as their next manager looks set to be Ismaël.
Ismaël took over Barnsley in October, when the Tykes were placed 21st in the Championship having played their opening six games of the season, but ended up guiding the Tykes to 5th in the table, which saw them earn a play-off spot.
Barnsley were defeated by Swansea in the semi-finals but it appears to have earned Ismaël respect off Baggies chiefs as they have agreed to pay him out of his contract.
The news is positive for fans of the Baggies, who have received numerous setbacks during their hunt for a manager to succeed Sam Allardyce after a move for first-choice candidate Chris Wilder was blocked by their owner and then their approach for David Wagner was turned down as the German opted to become manager of BSC Young Boys instead.