Tim Holland catches up with West Bromwich Albion fan Roger Francis

How do you assess West Brom’s season so far?

How do you assess West Brom’s season so far?

It’s been a strange season for me. Going out of both cups early and being dragged into the relegation fight has been tough but we’ve had some good results along the way. I just want the season to be over now.

Since we last spoke it’s been all change with Pepe Mel coming in. What’s your view on that?

A strange decision for me. A lot of friends of mine liked the sound of Pepe Mel but it’s more down to him being more exotic than Steve Clarke. Mel has done all right without impressing me that much.

You wanted mid-table security and a decent cup run this season. Are you disappointed this season has gone to plan?

Not disappointed more despondent. Being a West Brom fan has never been easy but going from being in the hunt for Europe one season to relegation fight the next is never easy. But I suppose if I wanted an easy life I’d support Man United.

The Anelka situation probably didn’t help matters. How have your other signings got on?

I was pleased with all the signings on paper but paper doesn’t always tell the whole truth. Anelka was a quality striker in his day but he’s struggled with his attitude and with authority. His gesture in our last game has ultimately defined his and our season. I had high hopes Sessegnon, Anichebe and Vydra but ultimately they’ve all failed to impress.

Do you think you’ll avoid the drop?

I think we’ll just about make it. I think following Chris Hughton’s ridiculous sacking, Norwich will need a miracle to survive and will be joined by Sunderland and Cardiff.

Do you think you’ll be able to keep hold of Saido Berahino?

He had a great start to the season but has faded. His offfield antics have disappointed me as well and I think he’ll go at the end of the season. I think we’ll just about make it. I think following Chris Hughton’s ridiculous sacking, Norwich will need a miracle to survive and will be joined by Sunderland and Cardiff.

Who should West Ham fans be wary of in the West Brom first XI when the club’s meet?

Amalfitano has played well recently and has been in the goals so he might surprise you. Dorrans has been getting back some form as well.

What’s been your opinion of West Ham this season?

You now look comfortable in the league which is an enviable position although it sounds as though the fans want better football which is understandable. My advice for you lot is better the devil you know.

Which West Ham players would you have in your squad?

I was surprised that you let Ravel Morrison go out on loan especially as he looks to be destroying the Championship. Andy Carroll’s return from injury and suspension looks to have given your team a lift.

What’s your prediction for the match and for the end of league standings?

1-1 for the match and West Brom 16th, West Ham 12th.

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