A season of turbulance both on and off the pitch for West Brom resulted in relegation, despite Darren Moore achieving a great run of results towards the end of the season.
Starting out life with Tony Pulis at the helm, before making a disastrous switch appointing former Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew, who oversaw a nightmare mid-season trip to Barcelona, the Baggies looked like a club in major decline.
However, Moore stepped up to the plate and transformed the Baggies at the end of the season, giving fans of the West Midlands club plenty of reason for optimism going into next season.
West Brom also look like they are going to hold on to some key names, who performed well at the end of season, giving the club a solid spine going into their first Championship season since the 2009/10 campaign.
After today’s announcement, Baggies fans will have a much better idea of how the coming season will play out and their first six games are…
August 4th – Bolton (H)
August 7th – Nottingham Forest (A)
August 11th – Norwich (A)
August 18th – QPR (H)
August 25th – Middlesbrough (A)
September 1st – Stoke (H)
As an opening day match goes, hosting Bolton, who escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth last time around, shouldn’t be too tricky for Moore.
Trips to Forest, Norwich and Middlesbrough, managed by former Baggies manager Tony Pulis, are not particularly easy but all three might be coming off the back of a summer of churn on the playing staff and West Brom could exploit some teething problems.
They round off their opening six by hosting Stoke, which is an opportunity to lay down an early marker with regards their prospects of making an early return to the top flight.