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Sheffield United facing Wilder next season would be tough after links with West Brom

West Brom will offer Chris Wilder the manager’s job if Sam Allardyce leaves this summer.

That’s according to The Daily Star, who claim there is a break clause in Allardyce’s 18-month contract at West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies are likely to activate that if they’re relegated this season.

Which also seems highly probable. They and the Blades are cut of at the bottom of the table. There are 10 points between West Brom and safety and 14 for United.

Having been promoted from the second tier in 2019 and then impressing last term, it makes sense they’d be interested in Wilder.

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Unfortunately for Blades fans, that could mean their team would be coming up against their legendary boss shortly after leaving Bramall Lane.

This would be tough to take for a support base who have taken Wilder to their heart.

With good reason too, as a boyhood fan, academy product and former player who ended six years of turmoil in League One. Not only that, within three years under Wilder they had been promoted again and achieved their highest league position since 1992.

It could legitimately be claimed the 53-year-old is the greatest boss in the South Yorkshire side’s history.

Wilder has been linked with West Brom before

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The Baggies considered making a move for Wilder in the summer of 2019.

This came just after he had led the Blades to promotion, while the West Midlands side remained in the Championship.

Yet just as it eventually led to his departure from Bramall Lane, there was off-field trouble for Wilder back then too.

At the time, Kevin McCabe and Prince Abdullah were battling in the High Court for sole control of the club.

Wilder had grown frustrated, although eventually the lure of managing in the top flight was enough. Which was just as well, as United finished ninth in 2019/20 and fans enjoyed one of their greatest seasons ever.

Now they may finally get their man – although will face competition.

Despite poor results this campaign, Wilder’s impressive career overall to date means he won’t be short of suitors.

Both Celtic and Crystal Palace are keen on him. Meanwhile, Eurosport reports Newcastle United are considering Wilder if they sack Steve Bruce.

Most Blades supporters would probably prefer any of those over facing him.

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