Chris Wilder's strained relationship with Sheffield United owners blocked West Brom move
Chris Wilder was the unanimous choice of the West Brom board to be the club’s next manager, according to Joseph Masi.
The Express and Star reporter took to Twitter to reveal that the erstwhile Sheffield United boss was a very popular choice for the Baggies job.
It is my understanding Chris Wilder was the unanimous choice of Albion's board to be the club's next manager. But that decision was blocked by Guochuan Lai due to the strained relationship Wilder had with the owners at Sheffield United… #wba
— Joseph Masi (@JosephMasi_Star) June 8, 2021
However, owner Guochuan Lai blocked the decision due to the strained relationship Wilder had with the Blades owners.
The 53-year-old joined Sheffield Utd in May 2016, resigning in March by mutual consent, with the club bottom of the Premier League table after picking up just 14 points from 28 games.
Guochuan wants no trouble
West Brom’s Chinese billionaire businessman and investor was apparently not keen on hiring Wilder after what he has heard despite his track record.
Not even Chairman Li Piyue, Chief Executive Officer Ke Xu or Director of Football Luke Dowling could convince him it seems, and that is why David Wagner appears to have emerged as the chosen one[Telegraph].
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
The German does not have a history of disagreeing with his bosses, and Guochuan was happy to go with such a choice.
Blades owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad revealed in March that Wilder’s refusal to consider signing anyone not identified by his own scouting team was one of the factors behind his departure[The Star].
With the manager and owner not agreeing on such a crucial decision, the relationship between them was always heading for the rocks, and West Brom may have dodged a bullet by opting against appointing Wilder.
Whether Wagner can deliver immediate promotion remains to be seen, but we hope to see him replicate the initial success he had at Huddersfield Town at the Hawthorns next term.
In other West Brom news, Baggies ace has shared how he overcame relegation heartbreak.