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Next West Brom manager: Baggies reportedly agree compensation for 45-year-old

West Brom look to be edging closer to appointing Valerien Ismael as their next manager, with The Telegraph reporting that a compensation figure has been agreed with Barnsley.

The Baggies fans have had to wait some time for news on Sam Allardyce’s successor.

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There were heavy links with Chris Wilder and David Wagner. But the news came last week that talks had been held with Ismael.

The 45-year-old has done an amazing job at Oakwell. Barnsley reached the Championship play-offs last season despite only staying up on the final day the previous year.

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And it appears that he will now be tasked with going one better this year.

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According to The Telegraph, West Brom are set to name Ismael as their next manager.

The report notes that an agreement was reached over compensation at the weekend. The Baggies will pay £2 million to lure the Frenchman to the Hawthorns.

Next West Brom manager: Ismael’s biggest task may not come next season

Whatever happens over the remaining weeks of the transfer window, West Brom will be amongst the favourites to seal promotion.

As noted by The Telegraph, they are expected to lose Sam Johnstone and Matheus Pereira. And a number of their loan signings have returned to their parent clubs.

Nevertheless, they still boast a lot of good players. Many of their squad helped the Baggies seal their previous promotion.

So obviously, it looks imperative that Ismael guides West Brom into promotion contention.

But it may only be if he gets them across the line, that his biggest challenge emerges.

West Brom rarely looked like keeping themselves up last season. So Ismael needs to find a way to guide them to promotion and then keep them at English football’s top table once there.

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