Valerien Ismael has left Barnsley to grow to be West Brom’s new supervisor on a four-year deal.
The Frenchman led the Tykes to a formidable fifth-placed end within the Championship as they misplaced to Swansea within the play-off semi-finals final season.
Now, he will probably be tasked with sealing a right away return to the Premier League for West Brom within the 2021/22 marketing campaign.
West Brom chief govt Xu Ke mentioned: “I’m assured that by working collectively we will obtain our aim of returning to the Premier League, however success is earned by constructing on sturdy foundations, and our plans should now look additional into the long run.
“For too lengthy we now have centered solely on what is instantly in entrance of us. This implies we now have typically uncared for our long-term aspirations.
“We’re all conscious of what is going to be required with a purpose to achieve success and participant recruitment will probably be of the utmost significance.
“Valerien and I’ll instantly deal with making ready the squad for the brand new season, working along with Ian Pearce, our head of recruitment, to safe gifted switch targets who will strengthen us for the challenges forward, guaranteeing followers are as soon as extra proud to help this nice membership.
“I’m excited to be working with Valerien and I’m positive we’ll quickly set up a powerful relationship that will probably be to the advantage of the soccer membership and its supporters.”
In the meantime, Barnsley insist the compensation paid to them for Ismael will probably be invested within the squad.
They mentioned: “It’s with disappointment that Barnsley FC can immediately verify Valerien Ismael has left the Membership to affix Sky Wager Championship facet, West Bromwich Albion.
“The 20/21 season will dwell lengthy within the reminiscence of all these with an affinity to the Reds. The Membership wish to thank Valérien for his efforts over the past 9 months. He and his household will at all times be welcome at Oakwell.
“The Membership would additionally wish to thank supporters, gamers and employees for his or her endurance throughout this era.
“Now, continued development should be ensured, with the recruitment course of for a brand new head coach already underway.
“All proceeds from the buyout of the contract will probably be utilised to strengthen the squad forward of the forthcoming season. An additional replace will observe sooner or later.”