By West Brom News speaking to Kevin Phillips

12th Jun, 2021 | 8:10am

Kevin Phillips unhappy with Guochuan Lai pulling plug on West Brom swoop for Chris Wilder

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Kevin Phillips claims Guochuan Lai should leave the decision-making to those who know football at West Brom.

Earlier this week, Lai pulled the plug on Albion’s swoop to hire number one target Chris Wilder as their next manager.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Lai vetoed a move for the former Sheffield United manager due to him having a fractured relationship with the board at Bramall Lane.

Wilder publicly clashed with Blades owner Abdullah bin Musa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and clearly, Lai doesn’t want a manager who’s willing to stand up for himself at The Hawthorns.

Phillips believes the Chinese businessman, who’s knowledge of football goes as far as spending his own money on striker Yuning Zhang, should leave the manager search for those who know what they’re doing.

“At the end of the day, the people who own the football club have a right but when it’s down to a football decision, you have to leave it to the people that really know it, who’ve done their research and homework,” Phillips told West Brom News.

Leave it to those sort of guys. They are people who have been put in charge to do that job and should really end up doing it, to be honest.

Luke Dowling will no doubt be heading up West Brom’s hunt for Sam Allardyce’s replacement and Wilder had reportedly been the club’s number one target all the way up until Lai pulled the brakes on any deal.

David Wagner has since walked away from talks with the Black Country club to be closer to his family in Germany while other names, like Derek McInnes and Alex Neil, have also been linked.

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