Neil Moxley moots 'Cracks' at boardroom level after David Wagner decision at West Brom
The decision taken to choose David Wagner ahead of Chris Wilder as West Brom manager hints at ‘cracks’ in the club, according to Mirror journalist Neil Moxley.
The Birmingham-born reporter, who resides in Warwickshire, has detailed the behind-the-scenes issues at the West Midlands club as they seek to appoint Sam Allardyce’s successor.
Telegraph journalist John Percy reported via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday evening that Albion were close to appointing ex-Huddersfield Town boss Wagner as their new manager.
Writing for the Mirror the following day [09/06/21], Moxley broke down the developments that led to Wilder being snubbed, and he compared their current predicament to close rivals Birmingham City.
“The owner, Guochuan Lai, has been absent almost since the day of the takeover,” he said.
“One of the objections to Wilder then, came from the top. But, more importantly, they over-rode Luke Dowling’s prime recommendation.
“Normally, it’s a sign that an agent has got into the ear of someone influential and sold them his client’s vision for a brighter future.
“Down the road in Small Heath, that kind of path has already led to destruction at Birmingham City. Earlier this week, St Andrew’s was finally sold off as the club struggled under the weight of a debt that now stands at over £120m.”
Moxley added: “Wagner’s name wouldn’t have been at the top of the list for many, if any, West Brom fans.
“But the bigger picture is the story behind the decision. It hints at cracks.
“And, as anyone in the game will tell you, it doesn’t take much for those to widen.”
It’s something we’ve feared for a long time without knowing the full extent of it, but the evidence is pretty compelling now – Albion are an absolute shambles at boardroom level.
The constant chaos behind the scenes has led to this defining decision which has, understandably, left many Baggies disheartened and angry.
There just seems to be no sense of direction about the club anymore, and the expected hiring of Wagner is the latest in a long line of baffling decisions taken by the club.
As technical and sporting director, shouldn’t Dowling’s recommendation count for a lot? If not, why is he still in the job?
Furthermore, why has it taken this long to make a decision about Wilder and to plump for Wagner? The mind boggles.
In other West Brom news, Albion reportedly want to sign this 20-goal international striker Steven Gerrard had ‘High hopes’ for.