Valerien Ismael will be appointed new West Brom boss this week
West Bromwich Albion are set to appoint Valerien Ismael as their new head coach after agreeing to pay Barnsley £2 million in compensation.
Ismael has held talks with West Brom and will be appointed this week as the club prepare for next season in the Championship.
The 45 year-old guided Barnsley to the Championship play-offs in his first season in charge and emerged as Albion’s No 1 target to replace Sam Allardyce, who departed after the club’s relegation from the Premier League.
Ismael’s appointment is seen as a significant coup for West Brom, with the French coach considered by Premier League clubs including Crystal Palace earlier in the summer.
It is understood that West Brom and Barnsley agreed the compensation figure over the weekend and Ismael’s arrival at the Hawthorns is viewed as a formality in the next few days.
Analysis: The task facing Ismael
Albion and Ismael are facing a huge rebuilding job this summer after 11 players departed the relegated club.
Following relegation they released the seven players who were out of contract, including Branislav Ivanovic, Charlie Austin, Hal Robson-Kanu, Kieran Gibbs and Kamil Grosicki.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Conor Gallagher, Okay Yokuslu and Mbaye Diagne have also returned to their parent clubs after signing for West Brom on loan.
Ismael will have to undertake surgery on the squad following relegation from the Premier League, though the board have assured him of funds to spend.
Despite fears among some supporters over a meagre transfer budget this summer, it is understood that Albion will be competitive and intend to target at least four quality additions.
Ismael will also be given funds raised from sales, with winger Matheus Pereira and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone set to be targeted by Premier League clubs.
Albion’s squad are facing pay cuts ranging from 30 per cent to 50 per cent for the higher earners, after making a return to the Championship after one season.