Former West Brom midfielder Carlton Palmer has warned Valerien Ismael about the club’s board, suggesting they have too much of a say on football matters.
West Brom confirmed the appointment of Ismael as manager on Thursday, with the ex-Barnsley boss signing a four-year contract at The Hawthorns.
Baggies chiefs stole the headlines for the wrong reasons last season when they sold central defender Ahmed Hegazi to Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad behind Slaven Bilic’s back just before a Premier League fixture, a decision that left the Croatian fuming.
And now Palmer has warned Ismael that managers at West Brom are not getting enough of a say on matters.
“The chairman [ and board] has too much of a say on what’s going on and the manager doesn’t have enough say,” the ex-West Brom player said in an exclusive interview with FFC.
“Bilic’s picked his team on the day of the game [practically] and then when it comes to teatime, that player is not able to play because the chairman sold him. Now, you can’t be having that as a manager.”
Indeed, the whole thing was a strange ordeal, with Sky Sports confirming that Hegazi was set to start in that Monday night clash against Brighton.
From Ismael’s perspective, he will surely be hoping for owner Guochuan Lai and chairman Li Piyue to not make any similar decisions like the above as he looks to take West Brom back to the Premier League.