Kevin Phillips suggests West Brom may be in the hunt for a 'bigger name' than Chris Wilder

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Kevin Phillips has suggested West Brom may be eyeing a higher profile manager than Chris Wilder after negotiations broke down earlier this week.

The former Sheffield United boss has long been linked with a move to The Hawthorns, but Football Insider reported on Wednesday [02/05/21] that West Brom have are set to move on to other candidates after holding “major reservations” about the 53-year-old.

Ex-Albion striker Phillips has admitted it is a puzzling development but pondered a couple of reasons why the Albion board may have come to their decision.

Speaking to West Brom News, he said: “I don’t know because when you look at his background and his history it’s there for everyone to see, it doesn’t lie.

“He has a proven track record of getting a club out of the Championship and comfortably surviving in the Premier League.

“I just don’t know – maybe there are reservations there and they want to try and attract a bigger name.

“I think a lot of teams last season figured Sheffield United out and they didn’t have that plan B, so maybe that’s a reason.

“But certainly the first season they came up, the football, the flair, the creativity that they showed, they were excellent and they were one of my favourite teams to watch.

“That’s what the West Brom fans want to see at The Hawthorns, they’ve had it over the years, so I can only put it down to Wilder maybe not having a plan B, that’s the only thing I can think of.”

Albion will be returning to the Championship in August after a one-season stay in the Premier League.

Slaven Bilic started the 2020/21 campaign in charge but he was replaced by survival specialist Sam Allardyce who, despite a promising run of results in spring, failed to achieve the required points haul to lift the Baggies out of trouble.

He announced his resignation after a 3-1 loss to West Ham on May 19, leading to the Albion board’s search for his successor.

In other West Brom news, a local journalist has mooted an Albion move for this 45-cap international midfielder after Friday development.

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