Chris Wilder is still in the race to be appointed as the new West Bromwich Albion manager this summer.
That’s according to a report by the Express & Star, who claim that, despite earlier reports suggesting otherwise, Wilder is still in contention to be appointed as Sam Allardyce’s successor at The Hawthorns.
Indeed, Football Insider claimed that West Brom had cooled their interest in the former Sheffield United manager last week and were set to pull out of negotiations with the 53-year-old.
However, this does not appear to be the case, with further talks between Wilder and West Brom believed to have taken place over the weekend, with the unemployed coach thought to be extremely keen on taking the job.
Considering Wilder’s track record of leaving clubs in a better position than when he took over, the news that the 53-year-old is still in the picture to take over at The Hawthorns this summer is sure to have fans of the club buzzing.
Indeed, so far in his career as a manager, Wilder has taken a mid-table Oxford United side to the League Two play-offs places, a relegation-threatened Northampton Town side to the League Two title and guided a League One Sheffield United side to a top-half Premier League finish in the space of just four years – before leaving the club last season.
As such, considering the size of the club and the comparatively greater resources that would be available to him if he were to take over at West Brom, it is not a difficult scenario to imagine that Wilder would be a massive hit with the Baggies – with his potential appointment certainly appearing to do the club’s hopes of securing an immediate return to the Premier League next season no harm whatsoever.
So, the fact that the 53-year-old is still in with a shout of landing the West Brom job would certainly seem to be very good news for all involved with the club.