Former West Brom midfielder Carlton Palmer identified Chris Wilder as a potential successor to Sam Allardyce at the Midlands club, in an exclusive interview with Football FanCast.
With the relegation of West Brom, Allardyce’s long-term future to the Hawthorns is uncertain. The 66-year-old is said to have a break clause in his contract that would become active at the end of the season if the Baggies fail to avoid the fall, which casts a lot of doubt.
If Allardyce does eventually leave, Wilder is a name the West Brom board might consider following his recent exit from Sheffield United, and Palmer believes it’s an opportunity that could be of interest to the former Blades boss.
Could Wilder replace Allardyce?
Addressed exclusively to FFC, the retired England international said:
“I average, they have obtained a Well team of players now this sat at obtained together. I think Chris will return to football for sure. He’s a footballer, he loves football.
“Wherever he goes at work, he will want to control of football matters, so I would say West Brom might interest him. Obviously you want to stay in the Premier League if you can, but there are only a few jobs in the Premier League. So the next thing is in the league, can you take over a club and get promoted? He has proven that he can do it.
Given that Allardyce has experience managing the Championship, winning a promotion with West Ham in the 2011/12 season, it may be worth staying with the former England manager.
However, if action is taken and West Brom finds itself on the hunt for a new coach, Wilder is surely a name to consider. While things certainly did not go as planned for the 53-year-old in the current campaign, he has done a great job overall at Bramall Lane, taking Sheffield United from Ligue 1 to the Premier League.