Chris Wilder has taken a step closer to becoming the new manager of West Brom.
That’s according to The Sheffield Star, who report the former Sheffield United boss is set to feature prominently on their shortlist.
West Bromwich Albion are searching for a new manager after Sam Allardyce announced he would not be staying next season.
Allardyce was hired by the Baggies in December because of his reputation of keeping teams in the Premier League.
Yet the 66-year-old could not repeat the feat this time and has been relegated from the top flight of English football for the first time in his career.
Allardyce signed an 18-month contract at The Hawthorns, but there was a break clause that allows the two parties to part ways this summer.
West Brom invited the ex-England boss to stay and try and get them promoted next term. But Allardyce has turned down the offer.
Which is why the Baggies are considering turning to Wilder. Majority shareholder, Lai Guonchuan, was impressed with his work while in charge of the Blades.
The fact Wilder guided United to a ninth place finish in their first Premier League season in 12 years appeals to someone who runs a club considered to be yo-yo team.
Wilder to West Brom rumours are nothing new
The 53-year-old has been linked to the West Midlands side in the past.
Interest first emerged in the summer of 2019 after Wilder had guided the Blades to promotion from the Championship.
At the time an ownership dispute in the High Court had made him consider his position.
Wilder, of course, opted to stay and continued his impressive work with a highest league position since 1992.
That interest has remerged in the past few months since it became apparent West Brom would probably be relegated.
However, they are likely to face competition for Wilder’s signature. Burnley are also thought to be keen should Sean Dyche leave.