West Brom close to appointing David Wagner as new manager
West Brom are on the verge of appointing ex-Huddersfield boss David Wagner as their new manager, according to John Percy.
Writing via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday evening, The Telegraph journalist reported that Chris Wilder was Albion’s first choice but “the majority of the club’s board” want to hire 49-year-old Wagner.
Wagner is currently out of work, which means that the Baggies won’t have to pay a compensation fee to hire him, and he previously won promotion from the Championship with Huddersfield.
David Wagner is close to being appointed as #wba new head coach. Chris Wilder was initially the No 1 choice but majority of club’s board have opted to move for Wagner, who has also achieved promotion from the Championship and is a free agent
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) June 8, 2021
Wagner has won promotion to the Premier League before so he definitely ticks a box in that regard.
He’s also available for free, which ticks yet another box for the tight-fisted Baggies board. That’s another box he ticks.
But what else can Wagner offer the Baggies other than that?
It just seems odd that Wilder would be the first choice and then the board suddenly and unexpectedly decides he’s not.
Wilder is a man who’s won promotion from the National League to the Premier League, led Sheffield United to League One to ninth-place in the top-flight and played some very attractive football in the process.
If Wilder was the number one choice, why has the board opted for Wagner?
It’s come as a bit of a surprise but Luke Dowling must be keen on hiring European managers to work for the club in the Championship, perhaps in a bid to take the club in a new direction.
If that’s what he wants to do then he needs to stick to it because going from Darren Moore to Slaven Bilic to Sam Allardyce to Wagner shows the only direction the board goes in is whichever way the wind is blowing, rather than setting their own course.
In other West Brom news, a move to Albion on loan has been mooted for this Aston Villa player.