West Brom are set to appoint their new manager with a deal to be finalised, according to reports, barring that there will be no hiccups.
Writing via his personal Twitter account on Thursday, journalist David Anderson reported that Wilder is West Brom’s number one choice and “talks are continuing on finalising a deal”.
Wilder has won promotion at every level from National League to the Championship and it’s likely that is why he emerged as the top candidate at The Hawthorns.
Barring any late unforeseen hiccups, Chris Wilder will be West Brom’s new manager. Wilder is their No 1 choice and talks are continuing on finalising a deal. #WBAFC
— David Anderson (@MirrorAnderson) May 27, 2021
Fan site ‘West Brom News’ state their opinion: It’s been fairly obvious that Wilder was going to be the man who West Brom hired to replace Sam Allardyce.
The former Sheffield United, Northampton Town and Oxford United boss is a proven promotion winner and there’s no denying he did a very impressive job at Bramall Lane.
Of course, there will be Albion fans who’ll point to Wilder’s dodgy dealings in the transfer market last summer – everyone seems to bring up his decision to swap Callum Robinson for Oliver Burke.
However, Wilder still won promotion against the odds with the Blades and led them to a ninth-placed finish.
We could have only dreamt of pulling off a feat like that last season.
Wilder will face a big job at West Brom, who yet again need a rebuild in the summer with four loanees leaving as well as other players who are out of contract.
There’s no doubt he’ll have money to play around with too with Sam Johnstone and Matheus Pereira expected to be sold.
Let’s see what he can do.
According to Sky Bet, Wilder is now at 1/6 to get the job whilst Lampard is 8/1 with the bookies market still open, for now.
The 53-year-old took charge of 227 games for the Blades, taking them from League One to the Premier League and looked set for European qualification, however the campaign stopped due to the pandemic and his side then saw a collapse in form.
Even though Sheffield United sat bottom of the Premier League table when he departed earlier this year, Wilder still managed to pick up 1.59 points-per game in Yorkshire, slightly up on his career average of 1.57 points-per game.
Crystal Palace were also said to be open in bringing Wilder to Selhurst Park with Roy Hodgson departing the club.
However on this occasion, it seems Wilder has opted for the West Midlands outfit instead.
FootballLeagueWorld meanwhile have given their verdict: I think this would be a smart appointment by the Baggies.
Wilder has shown that he’s a manager that is in it for the long-term project, and I believe he can create that at The Hawthorns with West Brom.
The foundations are there with some of the younger players coming through to the senior squad, and they’ve also got some excellent players already on their books, and it’ll be interesting to see whether Wilder can keep hold of their key players this summer.
If he can keep the core group of players together ahead of the 2021/22 season, then I see no reason why he can’t guide West Brom back into the Premier League at the first time of asking this term.
Fans have reacted with West Brom set to appoint a new manager, and a deal to be finalised…
@AndyfromNewHamp: Decision has to be made now.. Has a solid but not spectacular DNA, bit of an everyman, from the ego of Sam to the laissez-faire of Bilic.. Knows the division well, hope he casts his net Scandanvian, signed some very solid players there.. Solidity will be the buzzword. Need that..
@gavin_poulton: Feelings? He doesn’t excite me, but I understand he can get us out of this league. There wasn’t too much looking done on the clubs part for the next head coach which is disappointing but to be expected of the woeful current set up.
@Rollsie7: Here we go
@WillJ_S2: Good choice for them, he’ll get a big cheer from us next season if he’s there
@lKyzaa: Chris wilder as new manager then, happy with that to be honest
@johnwba01: It’s hard to look past last season and looking how bad Sheffield United were, but Wilders record before that is quality. Not entirely keen on it but I will back him and I think it won’t be that bad. Expect him to bring in Alan Knill and Co. #wba
Chris Wilder as Head Coach
Alan Knill as Assistant Coach
Matt Prestridge as Assistant Coach
James Morrison as First Team Coach
Darren Ward as Goalkeeping Coach
I would think that would be the Coaching Team
@CallumWBA_: Totally uninspired but gonna have to get behind him I guess
@JoshhhWBA: I’ll take Wilder or Lampard. Only issue is I’m worried about Wilder’s transfer business. We need shrewd deals in this division..#WBA
@reece_robson: @Jameswhincup the best football decision this year
@sufc_nyg: Two things.. One, I’m glad we’re gonna see Wilder at the Lane so the fans can give him the appreciation he rightfully deserves – Two, I can’t wait for Big Slav’s Red and White Bastards to smash the fuck out of Wilder’s Baggies
@Tomwba98: Not my choice. He worked with the majority same group of players for many years, first opportunity he had to sign others (Burke, Brewster etc) all went wrong. Really find difficult to trust Wilder with a budget & a squad packed with wingers, can’t see us suiting his system? #wba
@BradSmith_24: Was happy with either him or super Frank
@BlakeCalum: Wilder wasn’t my first choice, but he is a sensible one. The #wba TL is in overdrive about him not being able to work with wingers. He played out and out wingers at northampton and used a different formula at sheff utd. Got both promotions. That means he can adapt to what he has!
@liamjackjones: Wilder could do good things here, got an impressive CV but past transfer business and last season does worry me. #WBA
@HenryWBA6: Best appointment we could’ve possibly made
@SheffUtd25: Gonna be horrible facing him
@mattsport_: Best possible option we could hope for
@JWba1996: I love it how everyone’s questioning Wilder’s transfer business. You guys are aware we only have 1 recognised striker on our books in Zohore aren’t you? 😂 we’re in no position to be criticising anyones transfer business. #wba
@WbaOllie: announce premier league
@sarah_WBAx: My opinion but he’s a better choice than Lampard – more experience and a better record of getting teams promoted
@inkednorthman: West Brom promotion confirmed.
@TKPwba: Can’t wait to never see grady, grant, robbo or the other 47 wingers we have again. Absolute clowns running this club
@Jay89R: So looking like Wilder, still unsure personally as his style wouldnt suit our personnel so would need a lot of new faces & still can’t make my mind up if Sheffield United was just a perfect fit for him. Fingers crossed he sways me as Big Sam did in the end #wba
@LocalBaggiesFan: Would happily get behind Wilder. I have my concerns but that Sheff Utd team that got promoted from the championship was solid. Joint lowest goals conceded but scored plenty too. Their most used 11 included 1 loan player and cost them roughly 8mill. It’s impressive stuff.
@Hannanar: I’m not particularly fussed who takes over as long as it’s not John Terry lmao #wba
@CarlAlexander74: If any club can throw an “unforeseen hiccup” in the mix it’s #WBA – Lampard incoming…….
— 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗼 (@TKPwba) May 27, 2021
— Jack Ormrod (@JWba1996) May 27, 2021