Valérien Ismaël sacked as West Brom head coach after just over seven months


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West Brom have sacked Valérien Ismaël as their head coach, little more than seven months after paying compensation to take him from Barnsley.

Ismaël, appointed on 24 June, departs with the club fifth in the Championship, eight points off the second automatic promotion spot. They have lost three of their past four matches and have recorded one win in their past eight games.

West Brom supporters have been critical of results and the team’s direct style under Ismaël. The Frenchman guided Barnsley to fifth in the Championship last season, after taking over in October 2020 with the club 21st.

“West Bromwich Albion Football Club can confirm Valérien Ismaël has today left his position as head coach,” a statement said. “Assistant head coach Adam Murray has also departed.”

Ismaël signed a four-year contract to succeed Sam Allardyce after West Brom’s relegation and won four and drew one of his first five league games. The forwards Daryl Dike and Andy Carroll were signed in January but played twice and once respectively before Ismaël’s departure.

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West Brom have restructured the top of the club, bringing in Ron Gourlay as chief executive in place of Xu Ke and announcing that the owner, Guochuan Lai, will take over as chairman from Li Piyue.


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