Joseph Masi thinks Chris Wilder could be next West Brom manager
Chris Wilder could replace Sam Allardyce as West Brom manager in the summer, according to Joseph Masi.
The Express and Star journalist thinks Big Sam has done enough to stay on but the 66-year-old has been ambiguous about his future recently.
Wilder has been linked to The Hawthorns [Daily Star] and Masi describes him as a figure who is lurking in the background, suggesting the Albion hierarchy could make a move for him if Allardyce leaves.
He told the Baggies Broadcast podcast, “There is the shadow of Chris Wilder hanging over the club.
“I think Chris Wilder would want the job if he doesn’t get offered a Premier League job.
“I’m sure Albion would be interested in him.
“But as it stands, if it was me you have to give it to Allardyce, I think he’s done enough to stay on.”
Is Wilder a good fit?
Allardyce has proved himself with Albion and though it took him a while to get us performing well, he has undoubtedly transformed the team.
Scoring eight goals against Chelsea and Southampton is some turnaround, while Matheus Pereira, Dara O’Shea and Kyle Bartley have shown big signs of improvement, as have others.
Big Sam’s recruitment has also been very good so we are confident he would take us back up if relegated.
If he decides not to stay on then Wilder could be a good alternative.
He shares similarities with Allardyce in that he builds good squad morale and is an excellent man manager.
He would likely work well on a tight budget, therefore, just as he did when he got Sheffield United promoted.
Wilder is widely respected in the game and that could allow him to attract good players to the club as we rebuild for the Championship.
Gary Lineker shared his admiration for Wilder on Twitter when he left the Blades last month, saying, “This is a sad end following a superb few years. Huge respect for Chris Wilder and what he’s done for Sheffield United.”
Wilder knows how to get teams promoted – he has done it four times – so could be the right man to takeover from Big Sam.