A whole host of West Brom fans on Twitter can’t believe Valerien Ismael’s latest comments having to defend himself and the team.
The Baggies have had an indifferent campaign thus far, which is mainly down to how well it all began under Ismael with four wins from their opening five league matches, followed by a 6-0 defeat in the Carabao Cup against Arsenal.
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There have been a lot of draws following the Baggies in recent weeks, however, they are still unbeaten in the Championship and sit inside the automatic promotion spots, although this hasn’t stopped Ismael from feeling like he has to come out and ask supporters to trust him to deliver results for the club, much to the annoyance of these fans, who feel he shouldn’t have to do so.
After reporter Joseph Masi shared a report containing Ismael’s comments, Baggies fans are annoyed on Twitter that the manager feels he has to ask for backing so early into his tenure.
What have these West Brom fans been saying?
“To all the people saying it’s worse than Pulis football you need your head checking, absolutely clueless.”
“9 games in, unbeaten in second, 2 points behind 1st and the fans are booing. Embarrassing”
“The fact he’s had to do this is a joke. 9 games in. Unbeaten. Hardly any full weeks of training due to midweek fixtures. Everyone needs to calm down #wba”
“9-game unbeaten start to the season with one of arguably the weakest Championship squads we’ve possessed in terms of depth & quality and he’s having to ask for trust. Modern-day football supporters…”
“The fact he’s even had to say this is a sad reality of our fanbase currently…”
“The fact he’s even having to justify himself to the fans when we are where we are in the table is baffling”
Ismael was handpicked to replace Sam Allardyce, who decided to leave The Hawthorns following their relegation from the Premier League, after the heroics he performed at Barnsley to get them into the play-offs despite finishing 21st the season before.
The issue appears to be at the top end of the pitch for West Brom, with the Baggies having only scored five goals in their previous five matches (although they’ve only conceded three), whereas at the beginning of the campaign, they were ruthless in front of goal, netting 11 in their opening four league matches.