West Brom’s appointment of Valerien Ismael as the club’s new manager is being held up by discussions over how compensation will be paid to Barnsley for the Frenchman, a report from Football Insider has claimed.
It had been reported that West Brom were set to announce the appointment of Ismael as Allardyce’s replacement at The Hawthorns today (23rd June) after agreeing to pay the £2million compensation clause Barnsley are entitled to from any club who recruits the 45-year-old from them.
Now however, it seems as though there may still be one more hurdle for the Baggies to negotiate before they can confirm Ismael as their new boss.
According to this latest update, West Brom’s hopes of making an announcement today are being held up by a disagreement over how that compensation is paid to Barnsley.
It is thought that the Tykes want to receive the full £2million for Ismael up front, while West Brom themselves would prefer to pay the amount in instalments.
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However, the issue is not expected to prevent the deal from being completed altogether, meaning it may just be a case that West Brom have to wait a little longer before they can confirm Ismael as their new manager.
You could understand it if there were to be a few concerns about this from a West Brom perspective.
The Baggies have been searching for a new manager for quite some time now, and they have already seen links with a number of candidates fail to materialise.
As a result, they will not want to miss out on Ismael and find themselves back at square one again in their manager search, especially considering how well he did at Barnsley last season.
With that in mind, you would imagine that a resolution to this disagreement over how to pay this compensation fee ought to be found sooner rather than later, especially since you feel they will want Ismael to be able to get to work at The Hawthorns fairly quickly.