Valérien Ismaël believes Albion’s supporters have a “massive” part to play this season by driving the Baggies forward at both The Hawthorns and grounds around the country.
The 45-year-old Head Coach has experienced the full backing from fans since his arrival at the club, with 2,000 away supporters in attendance to witness an emphatic 4-0 win over Birmingham City in his side’s final pre-season fixture last weekend.
And with another strong travelling contingent expected for the opening game of the campaign at Bournemouth on Friday, the Albion boss is certain the fans will give his side a huge boost this term.
“Our fans will have a massive part to play in our process,” said Ismaël.
“The energy we will display on the pitch needs to be matched off the pitch in the stands. Our purpose is to make The Hawthorns an unpleasant place to play for the opposition.
“I want our fans to get a really good feeling when they see us playing with intensity and pressing at the right moments.
“Their support will really drive us on and will help to put the opponents under pressure, and when you combine the two, it could be massive.
“I have been told that our fans are absolutely exceptional and I’m really looking forward to seeing how special The Hawthorns is with all of them inside.”