West Brom have made the decision to halt talks with former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder over the prospect of him taking over from Sam Allardyce, according to Football Insider.
It has been widely reported that Wilder has been the front runner for the West Brom job over the last few weeks.
The Baggies were believed to have been interested in hiring him to lead their attempts to gain promotion at the first attempt. While it was also believed that he had admirers within the club’s hierarchy.
However, according to Football Insider, the Baggies have been having reservations over appointing Wilder as their new manager over the last few days. That comes despite the two parties having held extensive talks over the possibility of him taking the job at the Hawthorns.
It is now being reported by Football Insider that West Brom have decided to bring an end to the talks with Wilder. The decision is thought to have been made by the Baggies rather than the former Sheffield United manager. It is thought that he was keen to secure the job.
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West Brom are now expected to begin pursuing other potential targets as their search for a replacement for Allardyce looks likely to be extended now.
This is a major decision that the Baggies have made and they obviously felt that Wilder maybe might not be as good a fit for the job as they might have initially anticipated when talks began. The former Sheffield United manager seems to have been wanting to get the chance to lead them back to the top-flight so this is a blow for him.
West Brom will need to have a quality alternative lined up because Wilder is a manager that has promotion-winning experience and he is someone that might have been able to take them back to the Premier League. It is vital that they identify the right target as soon as possible now because it has already been dragging on for a while now.
Wilder should still have plenty of other interest in him as and when other jobs become available. West Brom might even regret this decision down the line if he goes on to enjoy success at his next club. For now, though the concentration has to be on bringing in a manager as soon as possible.