West Brom ‘attitude’ will be key to keeping ‘scary’ Valerian Ismael happy ahead of promotion charge

Incoming West Brom boss Valerian Ismael has been called ‘scary’ by former players – but says attitude will be the key to keeping him happy and taking the Baggies back to the Premier League.

Headhunted by the West Brom hierarchy after just one season at unfancied Barnsley, one so impressive he led them to their highest finish in 21 years, Ismael’s overachievement at Oakwell shows just how important work ethic is to his philosophy.

He is not afraid to let his players know when they need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, and was called a “big scary lad” by Barnsley’s Alex Mowatt in one interview last season, where he also revealed the Frenchman would “not take any rubbish” from his squad.


That would sound off-putting for some in a modern game often criticised for its mollycoddling, but Mowatt enjoyed Ismael’s approach so much he followed him down the M1 to the West Midlands this summer, as both look to return West Brom to the Premier League at the first attempt.


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In that same interview, the player did concede his manager had only fully lost his temper “once or twice” over the course of the season – and speaking ahead of the Baggies’ season opener with Bournemouth, live on Sky Sports on Friday, Ismael laid down a strong incentive to how his new side can avoid that fate.

“I’m a winner, I have a winning mentality,” he said. “It is the reason why we do this job; we put a lot of energy into it. Sometimes I don’t like wasting time when we are not performing to 100 per cent, and sometimes I just need to say what needs saying.

“It comes across with my emotion but I know that when my players give everything, I protect my player, I will give everything for them.


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Title: West Brom ‘attitude’ will be key to keeping ‘scary’ Valerian Ismael happy ahead of promotion charge
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Published Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2021 09:00:00 BST

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