West Bromwich Albion will soon find out who they will face in next season’s championship campaign.
The first important date of summer for second division clubs is the release of the championship games, and Baggies fans will be excited to see who their team will face on opening day, whether they will be home on Boxing Day and New Years games where derby duels against Birmingham City and who will be their opponents on the last day of the season, when the next West Brom manager has all possible options left.
There will be an added thrill for them, too, knowing that fans will get into the hawthorns again when the new season kicks off after the Covid pandemic resulted in all but very few games being played in empty stadiums in 2020/21 were.
The big date for the Baggies and their fans is Thursday June 24th, with the games launching at 9 a.m.
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And it promises to be a turning point season for the club, which was already a joint favorite with Fulham to win the title and will also have a new manager on the Hawthorns’ hot seat.
Several names have been linked to the head coach role, including former West Brom midfielder and Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes. The 49-year-old is the second favorite for the job after Lincoln City’s Michael Appleton. Moves for Chris Wilder and David Wagner have already come to nothing.
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Whoever takes on their mission will be to make sure the club return to the Premier League for the first time and to do that they have to keep star players like Sam Johnstone and Matheus Pereira.
If the Baggies lose the Brazilian, who was their top scorer with 12 goals last season, he’ll be hard to replace. Other strikers Callum Robinson, Matt Phillips, Grady Diangana and Karlan Grant together scored 10 goals.
West Brom could potentially face the newly promoted Hull City, Peterborough United or Blackpool on the opening day of the new campaign, with Midlands rivals Birmingham City and Coventry City also having options.