West Brom hire Barnsley’s Ismael as new boss




West Bromwich Albion hired Barnsley’s Valerien Ismael as their new manager on Thursday as the Championship club look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt next season.

Ismael agreed a four-year contract with Albion after second tier Barnsley negotiated a compensation package.

The 45-year-old Frenchman replaces Sam Allardyce, who stepped down at the end of the season after failing to keep West Brom in the Premier League.

Ismael guided Barnsley to the Championship play-offs this season after taking over in October 2020 with the club 21st in the table.—AP

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