Captain Chris Brunt today branded Albion’s season a “shambles” and warned they must learn lessons despite avoiding relegation from the Premier League.
The Baggies’ top-flight status was effectively confirmed when Norwich failed to beat Chelsea despite Pepe Mel’s side losing 1-0 at Arsenal.
But skipper Brunt admitted the campaign has been shambolic and admitted the players will be “bitterly disappointed” despite managing to survive.
The season has brought controversies involving Nicolas Anelka and Saido Berahino, the unpopular sale of Shane Long, the sacking of Steve Clarke, a protracted search for his successor, concerns from players about Mel’s methods and the sacking of his key ally Dave McDonough.
And Brunt said: “We will be bitterly disappointed with a poor season for various reasons.
“On and off the field it’s been a bit of a shambles from all sorts of angles.
“It’s difficult to put your finger on what has gone wrong for us this season.
“But we’ve been under pressure for a long time and if we do stay up we’ve got to take it as a positive achievement because when you’re down there and things aren’t going for you it’s difficult to get out of that rut but over the last few weeks we’ve done that.
“You only have to look at the standard of the teams coming up from the Championship and how long it’s taken Leicester to get themselves back up.
“I have played there (the Championship) and I know how tough a league it is. You get a lot of teams who go down and you don’t see them again for a long time so that’s definitely something we don’t want to toy with again.
“We’ve been pretty close this year and if we don’t learn from that we won’t learn from anything.”Subscribe to our Newsletter