West Bromwich Albion journalist and podcaster Adrian Goldberg has been sharing his thoughts on Baggies manager Valerien Ismael and what the feeling about him is among the fanbase.
On the subject of Ismael, who has won four and drawn four of his opening eight Championship games of the season with West Brom since being appointed as manager back in June, Goldberg had this to say following the club’s recent 1-1 draw away at Preston North End at the weekend.
He said: “I think people are ready to call him out now.
“Honestly, I think it’s pent up at the moment, there were a few boos at the end of the game against Derby; there were a few boos at half time against Preston.
“The fans did applaud the players when they came to the away end after Preston, but it’s not very far away from bubbling over into something more hostile.
“He definitely needs something when we play QPR in the next home game – it’s a home match, and I think we should be winning that. He desperately needs a result.”
TIF Thoughts on Adrian Goldberg’s comments on Ismael…
Despite remaining unbeaten so far this season, the fact that West Brom have now drawn their three previous league games makes it understandable why there may be some negativity and uncertainty brewing from the Baggies fans about Ismael.
Do you think Ismael can get West Brom promoted this season?
In our view, while their recent run of results may not be what the fans or club would have been hoping for as they aim to win promotion back to the Premier League, we feel that at this stage of the season, there should be no major concerns about Ismael and his ability to take the team to where the club wants to be.
However, if results don’t start to go their way again, for example during their upcoming league clash against Queens Park Rangers as Goldberg mentioned, then there could be some genuine questions raised about Ismael – although there is plenty of time to prove his worth at The Hawthorns.