West Bromwich Albion are set for talks with Chris Wilder about becoming Sam Allardyce’s permanent replacement, according to a report from The Telegraph.
Wilder has been out of a job since leaving Sheffield United earlier this year and has emerged as an early contender to take over at The Hawthorns, with Albion announcing recently that Allardyce will leave his role as head coach at the end of the season.
The Telegraph has reported that the Baggies are set to hold talks with the 53-year-old ahead of their return to the Championship.
It is understood that Wilder’s experience winning promotion to the Premier League and the fact that he’s currently a free agent are the key factors driving the club’s interest.
The report claims that the club would prefer an out-of-work manager as any compensation they pay will come out of the summer’s transfer budget.
Frank Lampard and Michael Appleton have also been linked, though the former is in contention to take charge at Palace and the latter is currently employed at Lincoln City.
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It seems as though Wilder has emerged as the frontrunner to take charge at Albion, with talks planned with the former Sheffield United boss.
What he did at Bramall Lane was phenomenal, taking the Blades from League One to the Premier League in three years on a nominal budget.
That said, the Yorkshire club played a very specific style of football and it’s unclear whether Albion have the right players to fit his system.
On top of that, the wheels seemed to come off for the Blades last year and there will be suggestions that opposition managers had worked him out.
Irrelevant of who it is, supporters will surely like to see that the club are wasting no time trying to find Allardyce’s replacement.