Championship expert Noel Whelan has predicted serious trouble for West Brom this summer if they fail to secure an immediate return to the Premier League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, former Leeds United star Whelan believes that the financial situation at the Hawthorns means that the club have taken a gamble on trying to get themselves back to the top flight, something that will only be achieved if they navigate their way successfully through the play-offs.
The Baggies, relegated from the Premier League last season, secured their place in the top six a couple of weeks ago and Whelan believes that failure to come out on top over Leeds United, Aston Villa and Derby County in the next couple of weeks spells trouble for the club.
Asked if there might have to be serious problems if they don’t get promoted, Whelan exclusively told Football Insider: “I think so, I think the amount they’ve spent over the years it might be looked at so I think they’re going to have a bit of a problem.
“It might be a case of they have to manage the books, players have to go which would be a shame but you can see why this season meant so much to West Brom to get back up into the Premier League.
“You’ve seen many clubs taking risks. If that risk doesn’t pay off, unfortunately you’ve got to deal with the consequences of that. I think there might be a bit of a rebuild in structure going on at West Brom at the end of the season if they don’’t make the play-offs, into the final and into the Premier League.”
Off the pitch there is yet more uncertainty at the club, with James Shan taking charge as caretaker manager until the end of the season following Darren Moore’s sacking.