Well, that wasn’t as easy as it seemed, was it?
In their first game after the Darren Moore era, West Bromwich Albion pulled off the nerviest 3-0 victories in recent memory against a resurgent Swansea City, with Sam Johnstone’s brilliance in goal and Chris Brunt’s set-piece prowess bailing them out. That sounds strange, considering the result, but the scoreline certainly flattered the Baggies.
Jimmy Shan saw his side being overwhelmed, but lady luck allowed them to take their chances and get the win. The senior stars returned to form, but Shan’s been unable to solve their defensive issues with the clean-sheet shadowing what really went on. Had Johnstone not been there, it could’ve been a humiliation.
Despite taking a big step forward in the playoffs race, struggling against a 15th-placed Swansea side proved a need for a more experienced figure. In order to hold their composure during the playoffs, they need someone experienced. Slavisa Jokanovic is one of the favourites (as per Sky Sports) to succeed Moore as permanent manager, but there are some issues delaying his appointment.
Be it relating to his salary or some other problems, the Baggies need to bring him in soon. There’s just no way they can’t. Too much is at risk considering the riches on offer when it comes to returning to the English top tier.
Jokanovic needs some time to understand the squad and its strengths, and only after attaining a proper understanding could he relay them towards succeeding in the business end of the season. It’s a process, yes, but one that needs to begin soon.
West Brom definitely have a talent-packed squad which will give many options to the Serbian, so there shouldn’t be a delay. Indeed, he needs to be brought in soon for him to get them playing attractive, attacking football and etching a winning mentality which takes them all the way.
Jokanovic’s brand of football isn’t perfect but it can be hugely effective, as he’s proved at both Fulham and Watford. Time is of the essence here, we’ve seen what a long, drawn-out process when it comes to bringing in a manager over at Chelsea and the Baggies risk similar issues unless they give the man what he wants.
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