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Chris Wilder finalising deal to take West Brom job as Blades appoint Jokanovic

As Sheffield United moved to appoint Slavisa Jokanovic, West Brom appear ready to appoint Chris Wilder as their new manager.

Wilder has emerged as a target for the Baggies in recent weeks. He’s been out of work for a few months now, with initial talk of a move to Celtic dying completely down.

West Brom have recently parted ways with Sam Allardyce. The former England boss opting not to stay on following relegation from the Premier League.

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But now, according to David Anderson of The Mirror, Wilder will become the new West Brom boss, barring any last minute hiccups.

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Wilder’s move to the Hawthorns will see him go head to head with his former employers next season. A rapturous reception will no doubt await him at Bramall Lane, regardless of results.

Meanwhile, Jokanovic’s appointment in Sheffield has given fans renewed hope ahead of next term. Many were still reeling from Wilder’s departure.

However, the move to appoint the former Fulham and West Brom man has proved a popular one.

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Most Sheffield United fans would probably have picked out West Brom as the ideal destination for Wilder. The Baggies, along with the likes of Burnley and Crystal Palace, seem good fits for him.

And he’ll probably do well. Ultimately, his job will be to win promotion from the Championship. And that might come at United’s expense.

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But Wilder will not care. Sure, his love for the Blades will never be in doubt and the feeling is mutual from many fans. Wilder is a winner, though, and he’ll want to guide West Brom back to the Premier League.

It could almost be a bizarre twist of fate should Wilder be officially named later today. One thing is for sure though, and it’s that we are in for quite the race for promotion already next season.

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