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Chris Wilder wanted by West Brom and Sheffield United fans shouldn't be surprised

West Brom have reportedly placed Chris Wilder on a list of potential replacements for Sam Allardyce, following their relegation.

Sky Sports has claimed Wilder is on the Baggies’ shortlist. It comes amid claims Allardyce could walk away from Albion, with a clause said to be in his contract for a mutual parting of ways.

Like United, the Baggies will be hoping to win promotion next season at the first attempt. In all seriousness, both teams have endured miserable campaigns this season and relegation was always on the cards.

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A lot of Blades fans will be pained to see Wilder in an opposition dugout. A true legend of Bramall Lane, many still feel Wilder is the best man for the job in terms of getting us out of the Championship.

To see Wilder at West Brom would be a harsh pill to swallow. But these links shouldn’t surprised Unitedites. And in all honesty, it’s probably the most obvious choice of club.

Chris Wilder to West Brom is nothing new

Most United fans would have selected West Brom as a likely destination for Wilder. Along with a handful of lower Premier League clubs, the Baggies seem like a good fit.

They’ll have a good squad capable of making a run at promotion. They have wealthy backers. Albion also have a history of being a yo-yo club, so the infrastructure is already in place for success at The Hawthorns.

Further to this, the Baggies have also had Wilder on their radar in the past.

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Albion tried to capitalise on the behind-the-scenes issues at United back in 2019. They plotted an ambitious approach for Wilder, only for the then-Blades boss to stick to his guns and sign fresh terms in S2.

All that has happened really with West Brom here is they’ve come full circle. They’ve had Slaven Bilic in charge, plugged the gap with Allardyce, and now have the chance to land Wilder with nothing in the way.

So while it might bother Blades fans seeing Wilder in the away dugout next season. The reality is that we shouldn’t be all that surprised.

All we can hope for is for United to get their managerial appointment right, and for Wilder to not quite get it right in the Midlands if he does go.

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