West Brom manager Ismael has been positively fired by a reporter after his sacking

It’s the right decision to sack Valerien Ismael as West Brom manager but the media won’t be happy about his exit, says Steve Madeley of The Athletic.

The Frenchman was sacked on Wednesday afternoon after a poor run of results and a falling out with goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

The Telegraph reported yesterday that the manager would undergo training on Wednesday but the board had considered removing him, and they did not wait long to act, with the announcement coming shortly after 2pm.

But as the football side became untenable for the former Barnsley boss, Madeley summed up his views on Ismael the man on news of his departure.

Write about his personal Twitter accountAthletic’s West Brom reporter said: “For what it’s worth, I don’t think anyone in the media will be happy with Valerien Ismael leaving.

“He was always courteous, engaging and generous with his time.

“But it wasn’t working and there was no sign it would work. It’s the right decision.

Personal vs Professional

Fans had increasingly turned on the 46-year-old after a run of miserable results saw the Baggies secure just one Championship win in seven games, a slog against lowly Peterbrough United that left them took until the 78th minute to break the deadlock.

Chants in support of former manager Slaven Bilic and the two groups of fans signing that the Hawthorns boss would be sacked in the morning had featured in recent games.

But even though fans were unhappy with the way Ismael was doing his job, Madeley’s Tweet shows that there is always a personal side to every transaction in football.

Johnstone may ask to defer after the row between the two, with the manager opting to leave the club’s No.1 on the bench upon returning from suspension in favor of David Button.

The regular starter is out of contract this summer and is attracting interest from the Premier League, so there was little point in disrupting him further during the January transfer window.

And the decision ultimately appears to have contributed to the manager’s dismissal.

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