Crisis at the Albion - 7 questions with an Albion fan
It's no secret that the Baggies have been out of luck recently.
I sat down with a long time Albion fan to find out what really is going on.
When did it all go wrong?
A very easy question to answer, it was during the latter part of 2016-17. The club was sitting comfortably in eighth position and the talk was to push on and achieve a European League place. Then the train came off the rails, both in terms of results and performances, but to be fair it was generally felt that Tony Pulis—in spite of his defensive tactics—was the right man to lead us forward and with the right summer signings the only way was up. Hindsight is wonderful and with just one win in the last 12 games of the season - well, results don't lie.
What happened to the best transfer window ever, in 2017?
Clearly, mistakes were made and the quality of the major signings have disappointed to put it politely. In a nutshell: Jake Livermore- ordinary at best; Krychoviak- waste of money; Gareth Barry- well past his sell-by date; Oliver Burke- you don't part with £15 million and don't give the player a chance; Ahmed Hegazuand Kieran Gibbs look decent signings. Jay Rodriguez has only shown glimpses of what he is capable of and looks well overpriced at £12 million. Going back a bit further, I must not forget to mention Hal Robson Kahu- completely out of his depth, but great attitude.
Would you say that there has been too much patience shown with Tony Pulis?
Again hindsight is a wonderful gift. We are in a results business and with half the season gone and just two league wins (ironically the first two games of the season), the board had little choice. Whether we should have persevered with caretaker boss Gary Megson, hugely popular with supporters, and Albion to the core is another salient point. Without any hesitation, I would have appointed him until the end of the season. In Gary we trust.
Could you comment on the latest 'taxigate' incident?
What a shambles. Those guys should have been kicked out of the club. I don't think they would have been missed. They have brought ridicule and shame on the name of our famous club.
Would you say that Albion's ageing workforce has got something to do with the latest unsatisfactory result?
Yes, McAuley, Barry, Foster, Myhill and Brunt are all ageing players. All great servants in their time and Brunt and Foster still are. But the team lack of energy and speed, many of the middle/lower table teams are streets ahead of us in this department.
Some say that West Brom is experiencing an identity crisis, would you agree?
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The club needs to do more to celebrate its fantastic heritage. The tribute to Cyrille Regis was heart rendering and made me feel very proud. But let's not stop there, let's name our stands after our heroes beginning with The Three Degrees Halfords Lane Stand.
Would you attribute some of the bad luck to constant injuries?
Yes, the loss of the creative talents of James Morrison and Nacer Chadli have greatly affected us, but all teams have these issues. Looking back, our younger creative talents such as Sam Field and Leko were not given much of a chance under Pulis.