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West Brom 'make approach for Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael'

West Brom 'make approach for Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael'
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The Baggies parted company with Sam Allardyce at the end of the season following relegation from the Premier League.

West Brom have asked Barnsley for permission to speak with their manager Valerien Ismael, the PA news agency understands.

The Baggies parted company with Sam Allardyce at the end of the season following relegation from the Premier League and Ismael is their leading choice to take over.

Ismael, 45, transformed Barnsley from Sky Bet Championship relegation favourites to promotion challengers in his first season at Oakwell.

The French-born former Crystal Palace defender, who now has German citizenship, led the Reds to an unlikely play-off spot before they were beaten by Swansea in the semi-finals.

West Brom chief executive Xu Ke – who is known as Ken – is leading the search for Allardyce's replacement following the departure of sporting and technical director Luke Dowling by mutual consent on Monday.

Allardyce was unable to save the Baggies from an immediate return to the Championship and suffered his first Premier League relegation in May.

The former England boss had replaced the sacked Slaven Bilic in December and although West Brom made him an offer to stay, Allardyce said he felt unable to commit to the club long term.

Former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder was reported as the West Brom board's first choice replacement, but it is understood that was vetoed by club owner Guochuan Lai.

Ex-Huddersfield boss David Wagner was then linked to the vacancy before he was appointed last week as head coach of Swiss club Young Boys.

Lincoln manager and ex-West Brom midfielder Michael Appleton was another reported target, but he has stated his desire to remain at Sincil Bank.

Former LASK head coach Ismael took over at Barnsley in October last year after the club had failed to win any of their first seven Championship matches.

The Reds were 21st in the table, but proved to be one of the season's surprise packages and ended the campaign in fifth place.

Barnsley lost last month's play-off semi-final to Swansea 2-1 on aggregate.

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Sunday's key events


GOLF
· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

CYCLING - BMX
· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

SWIMMING
· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

TENNIS
· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

SAILING
· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
· So often the blue-riband event of the Olympics, the men's 100m final takes place as the world's fastest bid to be crowned Usain Bolt's successor. Three Brits have made it into the semi-finals (11.15am-11.32am), and the final looks wide open after an underwhelming display by favourite Trayvon Bromell on Saturday (1.50pm)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain face India in the men's quarter-final (1pm)

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