With West Bromwich Albion Technical Director Luke Dowling confirming the other day that the club wouldn’t be looking to make Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle a permanent addition to our playing staff this summer, there was always going to be some fallout from that decision.
The 28-year-old had a fantastic season at The Hawthorns, scoring 24 goals in the Championship to send us through to the Play-Offs, which we ultimately lost out on following defeat to Aston Villa.
Fans were looking for a pick me up and many hoped Gayle’s permanent capture would be exactly that as we look to go one step further next year, but the decision was taken purely from a financial perspective. Given this years’ lofty expectations from the Board and the owner where anything but automatic promotion became a sackable offence, despite former head coach Darren Moore seemingly not properly backed last summer, it seems our next gaffer is set for more of the same and these fans, at least, are both disappointed and not that surprised.
Amazed so many thought we would. This might be the reality some need.
— P.M@Geordiebaggie (@Geordiebaggie) May 19, 2019
Trust??? ???? This is from the club who held on too long before firing Pulis, dithered over sacking Pardew then got rid of the man who bought pride and passion back into the club with no plan ‘B’! Oh my!!
— Mark (@MarkShorthouse4) May 20, 2019
And it begins! LAI OUT!
— Chris Caddick (@cadders10) May 19, 2019
How do they expect us to trust them when they sacked a manager with no clear plan? He’s deluded if he thinks we would ever trust him
— Luke Millichamp (@luke_millichamp) May 19, 2019
This is going to be the worst summer in west brom history. It's gonna start off with a cheap manager appointment. Then filter in with barely any signings who aren't good enough.
— Joe (@Yacxb) May 19, 2019
More like relegation mate
— neilharvey (@neilharvey1974) May 20, 2019
Haven’t we got a multi billion pound owner?
— Rob Paddock (@RobPaddockWBA) May 20, 2019
Last call for the train to mediocrity
— Lee Johnson (@TDarklighter) May 20, 2019
Said it many times before, if we didn’t go up first time of asking, this board will have us in this league or lower for the next 10 years plus! And won’t even care #WBA
— Liam Dunn (@dunnda) May 20, 2019