Chris Wilder is reportedly still in the running to replace Sam Allardyce as West Brom manager, despite claims suggesting otherwise.
The Lowdown: Wilder among the front-runners
Allardyce was unable to keep the Baggies in the Premier League last season, swiftly leaving after their final match of the campaign. West Brom have since been on the lookout for a new manager, with former Sheffield United boss Wilder widely considered the front-runner until recently.
Michael Appleton has seemingly jumped ahead of him in the race, but a new update suggests that it is far from a done deal.
The Latest: Fresh update arrives
According to the Express & Star‘s Joseph Masi, Wilder is ‘still under consideration’ for the manager’s job, with the 53-year-old also ‘keen’ on taking charge at The Hawthorns.
It remains to be seen whether West Brom will go with him or someone else, but his stance appears to be quite clear.
Would Wilder be a good appointment for West Brom?
The Verdict: The man for the job?
Although Wilder struggled with the Blades last season, he did an outstanding job overall and has every chance of doing similar with the Baggies. He turned Sheffield United into a top-half Premier League team having taken over them in mid-table of League One, playing an enterprising brand of football and getting the very best out of some long-serving players.
Wilder is both experienced and still young enough to be a shrewd addition – Appleton has one top-flight game under his belt as Leicester’s caretaker boss – and he would bring a freshness to the squad and a knowledge of how to succeed in the Premier League, and indeed in getting teams up from the Championship.
In other news, West Brom are believed to be lining up the signing of a player set to appear in Euro 2020 this summer. Read more here.
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