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Wednesday, 1 July 2009

New West Brom Boss Promises Fans Promotion, Relegation, Promotion, Relegation

Roberto Di Matteo took charge of West Bromwich Albion today and immediately vowed to return the newly-relegated club to the top flight at the first attempt, only to be relegated again, in keeping with the club's centuries-old tradition of alternating between promotion and relegation every season.

In his first press conference at the Hawthorns, Di Matteo - who joined this week from MK Dons - promised fans: 'This is a big club and it should be in the top flight, and that is what we will be aiming for.' He added: 'But only for one season. Then we will definitely go down again.'

Di Matteo has initially signed a one-year rolling contract, but revealed he is already looking as far ahead as 2011/12, when he plans to 'take the Baggies triumphantly back up to the big league', and 2012/13, when West Brom will 'start slowly, rally at Christmas time, but end up facing the drop once more.'

WBA chairman Jeremy Peace hailed Di Matteo's arrival, saying: 'Roberto is the ideal man to take us back up to the Premier League where we belong, and then back down to the Championship where we unfortunately also belong. With him at the helm, our fans can look forward to many more years of falsely raised expectations and repetitive disappointments.'

West Brom have been alternating between the top two divisions since 1921. Last year, BBC's Football Focus controversially displayed an 'R' for 'relegated' next to their name in the league table from the first day of the season onwards. Aside from their status as a yo-yo club, West Brom are best known for their numerous celebrity fans. It is estimated that in an average WBA highlights package shown on the BBC, up to seventy-five percent of the action consists of shots of a pensive Adrian Chiles in the stands.


  1. And if Adrian Chiles and Frank Skinner sit next to each other, Match of the Day rarely shows much of the game. It has been known for the entire coverage to be based upon the only two famous West Brom supporters reactions - bringing about the game notoriously called 'We Know They're Going Down, But How Much Are They Going To Lose By Today?' Famously, along with his other predictions, Mark Lawrenson has never got this right.

  2. As a Manchester United fan, I have a soft spot for West Brom as they play football in the right manner with an attacking emphasis that I feel Di Matteo will follow with greater effect.

    A good appointment I feel and yes, Adrian Chiles/Frank Skinner watch is very annoying.

  3. As a Baggie myself, I cannot help but look forward to the inevitable years of misery DiMatteo has the potential to introduce to the club.
    As usual though, we will have to endure a season's worth of boring 'winning' and 'happiness' first - something us West Brom fans don't like because we can't moan about it.
    Although in a bid to keep the fans happy, chairman Jeremy Peace is selling as many good players as he can (after initially rejecting bids and declaring "that will never happen" of course).
    Roll on the 2010/11 relegation campaign - Keep the misery!