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West Brom managerial search takes surprise new twist

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West Bromwich Albion are set to end their interest in appointing Chris Wilder as the club’s new manager, as per Football Insider. 

Wilder has looked on course to become the club’s next manager over the last couple of weeks, but West Brom are set to turn to alternatives now.

Football Insider note that Wilder has held talks with West Brom over the last couple of weeks, with a view to replacing Sam Allardyce at the Hawthorns after he decided to not stay with the Baggies following their relegation back into the Championship.

However, it is revealed in the report that West Brom now have serious reservations over appointing Wilder and are prepared to pull the plug on the deal that would have brought the 53-year-old to the Midlands.

Instead, West Brom are planning on seeking out alternatives.

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Wilder left Sheffield United earlier in 2021, walking out on the Blades as they faced up to an inevitable relegation from the Premier League alongside West Brom.

He did, though, lead the Blades to back-to-back promotions in the space of three years, transforming Sheffield United from a League One club into a mid-table Premier League side between 2017 and 2020.

Wilder also had success with Northampton Town prior to that.

The Verdict

This is a shock update.

Wilder looked the heavy favourite for the West Brom vacancy and it is a surprise to hear that the club might go in a different direction to the 53-year-old.

Had he been appointed, you felt that West Brom would have been a good bet for promotion back to the Premier League.

So, if they are going back to square one in their hunt for a new manager, they will have to pull something out of the bag to match the excitement that was following Wilder.

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Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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