During this off-season, I thought it would be good for me to go out there and talk to a fan of every Premier League club. I wanted to get their insight on how things went last season, what they are looking forward to in the transfer market and how they thought next season was going to go for them. This whole series, you will be able to find here.
For this interview , I “sat down” with West Bromwich Albion Report, they were a twitter account that preceded a blog and had accumulated 4,500 followers before they decided to make a website alongside it (this you can find at www.wbareport.com). The site was fully up and running on June 27th 2020 and has been updated daily since then. They have six writers who contribute and all of them are Albion fans, so it’s great for those reading the articles because they’re often on the same wavelength as its creators. So, with that said, let’s get on with the interview:
Millsy: Hi there, thank you for agreeing to do this interview with me, welcome to Millsy’s View!
WBAR: Thank you for having me.
Millsy: First off, congratulations on your team’s promotion to the Premier League, how does it feel?
WBAR: Oh, it feels amazing to be back in the top flight! And what a way to do it as well – all we had to do was beat Huddersfield and Queens Park Rangers, and we managed to lose the first match and draw the second! But, thankfully, the teams around us had sudden dips in form too, which was a tremendous let-off.
Millsy: So, first off, I’m looking to do a season review of the 2019/20 season, can you tell me how you felt about your team’s prospects going into this season?
WBAR: I was confident, and I think many fans were, too. The season prior we had narrowly missed out on promotion, following a defeat to Villa in the Play-offs, but we had built upon the team and were ready to give it another go. However, there was perhaps some apprehension from certain sectors of the fanbase as our two main goalscorers, Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle, had left the club, and, between them, they scored 44 goals for us. We failed to plug the gaps they left behind in the transfer window so that was a worry, but still we knew we had one of the strongest squads in the division, so were still eyeing a promotion place.
Millsy: It was of course Slaven Bilic’s first season as manager, were you happy when the announcement was made that he was the man to take charge?
WBAR: Oh, absolutely. He’s a manager who has superb credentials – former manager of Croatia, West Ham in the Premier League, etc – and was a lot better than the alternatives that were being discussed. The board’s signing of Bilic was a real statement of intent and boosted morale considerably.
Millsy: How do you feel differently about him now than you did then?
WBAR: I still think he’s a fantastic manager and I have the utmost faith in him. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do with the squad in the Premier League.
Millsy: Of course, for a long time, West Brom were at the top of the tree, are you disappointed not to have won the Championship or is promotion enough of a prize for you?
WBAR: Promotion is enough, to be honest. Yes, we could’ve won the Championship had we remained consistent throughout but credit must be given to Leeds United, they were sublime and deserved the top spot.
So, that concludes the first part of the interview, keep your eyes open for part two, where we get down to the nitty gritty of the transfer window, looking at where West Brom need to improve, who they should buy and how that might effect their tactics in the Premier League season to come. Part two, plus all other fan interviews conducted this post-season, can be found here.
To see the rest of my interviews with Premier League fans, you can visit the page here.