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Chris Wilder is bound to be someone who West Brom consider to be their next manager ahead of next season, according to Kevin Phillips.
West Brom News understands that Wilder, 53, is in the running to replace Sam Allardyce at the end of the season with the current Baggies boss set to exit if the club is relegated.
Albion are 19th and eight points from safety with eight matches left to play and due to Big Sam having a break clause in his contract, it seems inevitable that he will leave as the Black Country side returns to the Championship.
Wilder will be considered by West Brom if Allardyce does move on and Phillips believes that the former Sheffield United manager’s CV, and recent stint at Bramall Lane, should make him a major contender.
“I think Wilder will be in their thoughts. I’m not going to come out and say ‘yes he will be’ because football has a funny way of biting you in the backside,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“But if they are to start looking at names on a list, I’m sure that with his credentials, with his history, what he’s done at Sheffield United and where he’s taken them then [he’ll be considered].
“I don’t think anyone can say – I don’t think the owners can even say – who will be in charge because things jump up when you least expect them.
“Trying to read between the lines, he would certainly be on their list and I would imagine he would be high up on the list as well.”
Wilder is somewhat of an expert in taking teams up as he’s guided every EFL team he’s managed to promotion through all of the top-five tiers.
He won promotion from the National League (previously the Conference) with Oxford United. He won League Two promotion with Northampton Town. He also won promotion from League One and the Championship with Sheffield United before taking the Blades to a ninth-placed Premier League finish.
Although it went pear-shaped in South Yorkshire as Sheffield United suffered serious second-season syndrome in the Premier League, there’s no doubting Wilder’s credentials and there’s no doubting that he’ll be a serious target if Big Sam walks.
In other West Brom news, Guochuan Lai has taken a major stride towards selling the club with an exclusivity agreement reached.