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Could Alan Knill and another key Sheffield United figure join Chris Wilder at West Brom?

Alan Knill and Paul Mitchell could join Chris Wilder if the former Sheffield United manager gets the West Bromwich Albion job.

Birmingham Live reports that West Brom and Wilder are “edging closer” to finalising a deal for him to become their new boss.

The Baggies are searching for a successor to Sam Allardyce following their relegation from the Premier League.

They’ve been interviewing candidates this week and Wilder is now in line to take up the role.

It will see the 53-year-old come up against the Blades just a few months after leaving Bramall Lane with them also dropping out of the top flight.

It now remains to be seen whether Wilder will look to poach some of his former staff.

Could Alan Knill and Paul Mitchell leave Sheffield United?

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Both Knill and Mitchell were brought to United by Wilder when he took charge in 2016.

They have remained at the club following his departure in March. But The Sheffield Star reports Knill has since rejected the job of technical director and his future in South Yorkshire is uncertain.

Especially as Slavisa Jokanovic has now been appointed as Wilder’s permanent replacement.

Jokanovic has signed a three-year contract at the club. He is yet to announce his own backroom staff.

There is speculation from Yorkshire Live that the Serbian could bring in those who he previously worked at Watford and Fulham.

Jokanovic is proving to be a popular appointment having been twice promoted from the Championship.

Javier Pereira, for instance, was his assistant for both of those successes. Pereira is currently in charge of Chinese Super League side Henan Jianye.

The departure of Knill would come as no huge surprise. But losing Mitchell, who’s described as “one of the most underrated talent spotters in English football”, would be a blow.

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