By Daniel Feliciano

17th Jan, 2022 | 10:00am

Chris Lepkowski predicts when Valerien Ismael will get sacked by West Brom

Valerien Ismael will face the sack at West Brom if they drop out of the playoff places, according to Chris Lepkowski on The Liquidator podcast.

The Baggies fell to defeat against QPR last weekend, making it just two wins in 11 games in all competitions and saw them drop down to fifth in the table, seven points behind Bournemouth in the automatic promotion places.

Under increasing pressure to secure promotion to the Premier League, reliable journalist Lepkowski believes that Ismael is under serious pressure at the club now and has predicted when change could come.

Speaking on The Liquidator podcast, Lepkowski feels fans are turning on the manager and that it will take a financial hit for the board to make a change.

“It would be fair to say that it’s not looking very clever for him. While we were stumbling around at Loftus Road, Fulham were scoring their 13th goal in two games. You’d have to go back to September, for us to accumulate our 13 goals. That’s where our problems lie.

“It’s fairly clear that fans are growing increasingly bored, increasingly angry, increasingly frustrated at what I would say is the regression of the team. We don’t look as if we’re making progress.

“The key thing from Albion’s point of view is how it will effect attendances. When there is a drop in revenue because it’s crowds of 16/17,000 rather than 23/24,000, that’s when it’ll focus minds. I think when we drop out of the top six, that’s when change will come.”

Problems

It goes without saying that there are big problems at West Brom right now.

The club can’t buy a win for love nor money right now and they are consistently falling further and further away from their goal of promotion.

Currently they have Middlesbrough, Huddersfield and Stoke on their tails and with their poor form there is a very real possibility that they fall out of the playoff places in the near future.

If what Lepkowski says is true, then the board should make the decision before that happens and be proactive rather than reactive to try and get back in the race.

There is still plenty of time left in the season and if Ismael can’t do what he was brought in to do, then there is time for the club to act now and give the new man a real chance of doing it instead.

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