After West Brom held two meetings with former Wolfsburg boss Bruno Labbadia, it looked as though the club’s managerial situation was finally about to be put to bed.
Yet, step forward Chris Wilder.
Towards the end of last week Sky Sports News claimed that the Baggies were interested in the Sheffield United boss.
It’s likely that many teams would be interested in the Blades man after his heroic efforts at Bramall Lane last term, but actually bringing him through the doors is another matter.
After achieving promotion to the Premier League, the idea of losing Wilder would have been beyond many Sheffield United fans’ imagination.
There is a real possibility it might happen though. It’s claimed that the 51-year-old is frustrated with the club’s ownership whilst he’s also grown tired of restrictions when it comes to recruitment.
But by walking through the doors at Albion, he’d be faced with the same problems.
The Baggies’ hierarchy are far from football experts. The fact they sacked Darren Moore with two months of the season to go tells you all you need to know in that regard.
Should faith ever be entrusted upon the likes of Mark Jenkins and Luke Dowling? Arguably not.
Interest in Wilder is a statement of intent but it’s also a damning indictment of the club’s unrealistic approach.
They’ve needed to think outside of the box when it’s come to their managerial search but this is a stretch too far.
For the Sheffield United boss, moving to the Hawthorns just doesn’t make sense.
In terms of working to a tight budget, Wilder is your man. He was able to get the Blades promoted by making shrewd signings but if he’s frustrated at the lack of resources now available to him there, why would he ever be happy in the Midlands?
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West Brom’s ambition is easy to admire. However, if Dowling thinks he can pluck one of the best British managers around out of thin air, he needs to think again.
Albion’s Technical Director is getting his approach all wrong and needs to reconsider his options.