West Bromwich Albion club captain Chris Brunt was the first player to speak publicly, via The Express & Star, following the sacking of Darren Moore at the weekend, but his eye-catching and honest comments prove that reported managerial target Slavisa Jokanovic would be the wrong appointment at The Hawthorns.
Well, the 34-year-old came out and spoke to The Express & Star about the Baggies’ season and style of play under Moore, and suggested that it didn’t suit the players and that they struggled to adapt to passing it out from the back.
The Irishman said: “It might not be to everybody’s liking what the coaching staff tried to do this season, and sometimes it was difficult as a player playing under it but that’s football.
“Every coach and manager is different, they’ve all got their own ideas. As a player you have to try and adapt to it as best you can.
“A lot was made of the style of football when Tony (Pulis) left, Alan (Pardew) came in and tried to change it.
“Trying to find that balance is a lot more difficult than people think. I think we went too far the other way this year, trying to play it out from the back a lot.”
You would think so.
The Serbian and his Fulham team became renowned for their passing style of football and overall quality in possession in the Championship last season, as per The Guardian, but it appears as though the current set of West Brom players wouldn’t be able to adhere to that right now.
West Brom fans will want to cover their ears for the video below…
Of course, the 50-year-old could switch things up in the summer in terms of transfers, but it might be a rebuilding job that is too big to get the Baggies playing the way he would like.
They have now failed with a different style under Alan Pardew and now in the long term under Moore, and Jokanovic would have his work cut out trying to do it again – especially if the players don’t have the ability or aren’t willing to adapt to it 100% of the time.