Kevin Phillips reacts to David Wagner walking away from West Brom
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Kevin Phillips isn’t happy to hear a report that David Wagner merely used West Brom to get a better deal out of BSC Young Boys.
Last week, it was widely reported that Wagner walked away from talks with the Baggies in favour of a job at Swiss club Young Boys [Sky Sports].
It seemed as though Wagner opted for the Bern club to be closer to his family in Germany.
However, Express & Star journalist Joseph Masi suggested that Wagner may have used the Baggies to get a better offer from Young Boys and wasn’t really interested in the vacancy at The Hawthorns.
Phillips isn’t a fan of those underhand tactics but claims that they’re widespread in football with players and agents guilty.
Speaking to West Brom News, Phillips was asked if the club will be angry with Wagner.
He said: “It just depends how far down the line West Brom were in terms of negotiations and how close they were to appointing him.
“It’s not ideal and using one club against another, I don’t like to hear things like that, I don’t think anyone does but unfortunately, sometimes it happens.
“Players do it with clubs, agents do it with clubs to try and get them more money.
“It does happen but it’s not ideal.
“If Wagner’s not going to be there now, hopefully they can get someone appointed pretty quick and not put themselves in a similar scenario.”
West Brom’s search for a new manager has been a complete and utter mess with it eventually resulting in Luke Dowling’s departure.
Whether we’re back to square one or whether Dowling’s exit will open new doors remains to be seen but either way, being used by someone like Wagner is quite a low point for the Baggies.
In other West Brom news, Phillips shared what James Morrison told him about the managerial situation at the Albion.