By West Brom News speaking to Kevin Phillips

15th Sep, 2021 | 5:10pm

Kevin Phillips did not want West Brom boss Ismael to win manager of the month award

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Kevin Phillips is no doubt delighted by West Brom boss Valerien Ismael’s failure to win the Championship manager of the month award for August.

Ismael was nominated for the award after a strong start to life at The Hawthorns but was beaten to it by Fulham manager Marco Silva.

Phillips is happy with the work that Ismael has done since leaving Barnsley to replace Sam Allardyce at the Baggies in the summer.

And he’s also bound to be happy that Silva won the award and not Ismael due to the perceived curse that surrounds it.

Phillips told West Brom News; “It was a big decision from the Baggies to bring him in because the pressure is on straight away whereas at Barnsley, it wasn’t,”

“No disrespect to Barnsley but West Brom expect wins, they expect to go back up.

He’s done a fantastic job.

From my experience, I didn’t want him to win manager of the month because stats always tell you that when you win it, you go on and not have a great run afterwards.

It’s a double-edged sword.”

Silva was announced as the winner of the Championship manager of the month last Friday and the day after, they were beaten by newly-promoted Blackpool.

It was Fulham’s first defeat of the season but they can retake first place in the Championship on Wednesday night if they can beat Birmingham at St Andrew’s.

West Brom have drawn their last two matches against Millwall and Derby and sit top of the table as it stands with the exact same record as Bouremouth.

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