Don Goodman warns West Brom not to expect instant success after Valerien Ismael appointment
Don Goodman is refusing to get carried away with the appointment of Valerien Ismael at West Brom, believing changes are needed to become successful.
Speaking to Ian Abrahams in a video on the talkSPORT broadcaster’s personal Instagram profile, the former West Brom and Wolves striker hailed Ismael’s arrival, but sent a warning when asked if he can replicate his success at previous club Barnsley.
“We’ll have to wait and see, there are no guarantees with any manager,” he said.
“Please don’t feel upset but if I use Tottenham as an example, Jose Mourinho is one of the greatest managers we’ve ever had and he failed to get the success that everyone thought that he might, so it’s not straightforward.
“Ismael did the most remarkable job last season at Barnsley, I mean goodness, talk about overachieving.
“If he is going to recreate that at West Brom there are going to have to be lots of changes to the playing staff because the players there, whilst probably more technically gifted, they probably can’t operate at the intensity yet.
“Now whether the training regime will get them there or he needs to change players and get some in, get some out, remains to be seen.”
There need to be fairly significant changes at West Brom this summer, that much is obvious. Not drastic surgery, but certainly a big shift in the mentality at the club and the performances on the pitch.
There was a slight upturn in both after Sam Allardyce settled in last season, but ultimately we looked unfit and unmotivated.
Ismael needs to change that, but he might struggle with a few of the players he will have at his disposal.
There remains huge doubts among Albion fans as to whether Jake Livermore and Romaine Sawyers have the capabilities to turn their Hawthorns careers around and adapt to the new manager’s high-intensity demands.
Signing a few midfielders will surely be on the Frenchman’s agenda as he shapes his own squad.
But we have to be positive and not dwell on some of the potential pitfalls.
Instead, we should look forward to how Ismael will resurrect the careers of some players, and build a new identity at the club.
There’s no guarantees he will be successful, there aren’t with any managers, but the signs are that he can have a positive impact upon the existing squad and try to ignite a promotion push.
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