Chief Executive Mark Jenkins has responded to news of West Bromwich Albion’s relegation confirmation by promising fans that the club will get it right over the summer and that our target will be an immediate return to the Premier League.
“We have much to do this summer to get us in the right shape for our immediate target of making as swift a return as possible to the Premier League.”
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) May 9, 2018
With relegation seeming likely for such a long time, hope was restored under Darren Moore with his unbeaten run and having lifted ourselves off the bottom of the table and closed the points gap to safety, our future went down to last night’s clash between Swansea City and Southampton. Victory for either side ensured we were down and we were reliant on a draw. Southampton took the win to effectively secure their safety and consign us to our own fate.
The kicker for many is in seeing relegation confirmed on the very evening that Darren Moore picked up the Premier League Manager of the Month award for his efforts since coming in as gaffer and our form over the month of April.
Speaking to wba.co.uk as our eight year stay in the top flight came to an end, Jenkins explained that the aim would obviously be to ‘hit the ground running’ in the second tier.
“We acknowledge that this has been a season which has tested the patience and loyalty of our fans – but it is a test they have once more passed with flying colours. To witness the backing the team received and feel the sense of pride returning to The Hawthorns has given everyone connected with Albion renewed energy for the challenge ahead. It’s a big challenge. But it can also provide us with an exciting opportunity to rejuvenate the club and write some exciting new chapters in Albion’s story.”
Jenkins admitted that the club obviously needs to get itself back into a good shape given the season we’ve had and the news on a financial front – that has recently seen a new Board appointment which should tie our almost anonymous owner closer to the club – and Jenkins explained that when Season Ticket details were announced this week, hopefully, the fans would see that as a ‘statement of intent’.
Acknowledging that mistakes had been made he also had specific praise for Darren Moore and the job that he had done since coming through the door, but the words many fans wanted to hear about his permanent appointment remain missing.
Yup, hopefully the revival can start now it’s all been confirmed ????
— Tomwba (@Tomwba98) May 9, 2018
Manager in the day after the last game. All transfer business completed before pre season starts , kit unveiled a month before season(including green/Yellow away kit) , new initiative for ticket prices and offers of refund if game is moved. That would be a statement of intent ????
— David Bunce (@dbunce74) May 9, 2018
I like this. It's straight to the point and he hasn't tried to blame anyone else (like Liverpool do) but has accepted that this season simply hasn't been good enough.
I feel positive about this. We've all wanted a reshuffle. Now we're getting one.
— Jonn Walker (@JonnWalker_) May 9, 2018
Start by appointing a manager the team and the fans can get behind. And we all know who that is.
— Ged Simmons (@TheGedSimmons) May 9, 2018
Big Dave NOW……….sort it BEFORE transfer deadline day. Get rid of the sherkers.
— Paul Drinkwater (@thedrinky) May 9, 2018
In other words “please renew your season tickets early, then we can relax and invest little, again”
— Nightman (@TheLewis55) May 9, 2018
Start by giving Darren Moore and his team their jobs permanently.
Build a team around the coaches philosophy
Build a club that will prosper in the future.
And something for the long term season ticket holders would be great.(Not me, never had one)
— Paul Henderson (@katiesdad52) May 9, 2018
Now we are relegated show your intention give the big man the job permanently, anybody else would be a step back
— James Creasey (@JamesCreasey1) May 9, 2018