Sources: West Brom call off plans to appoint Wilder
West Brom have called off plans to appoint Chris Wilder as their new manager, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
This site broke the news on Wednesday (2nd June) that the recently-relegated club were harbouring reservations over agreeing a deal with the 53-year-old after extensive talks.
A West Brom source has now told Football Insider that talks with Wilder have ended and they are now pursuing alternative managerial targets.
It is believed that the decision is entirely West Brom’s and that Wilder has remained extremely keen to secure the job.
Losing out on the plum Championship post will be a huge blow to the Yorkshireman, who is eager to return to top-level management.
He has been the hot favourite to land the vacancy and there were widespread reports last week that a deal was all but done.
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Wilder left Sheffield United by mutual consent in March after falling out with the owners and on the back of a calamitous campaign that ended in Premier League relegation.
But he has an outstanding track record in the Football League and has overseen three promotions, two at United and one at Northampton Town.
West Brom supporters were mostly eager for Wilder to take over from Sam Allardyce, who stepped down following relegation.
There will be pressure now on the club’s Chinese owners to secure a manager capable of securing instant promotion back to the top flight.
The Baggies will be one of the favourites to go up even if, as expected, they sell some of their star players such as goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.