Former Premier League man Dean Windass has made a big claim regarding Chris Wilder and West Bromwich Albion.
Wilder has been out of work since being let go by Sheffield United back in March, following a rather remarkable journey at Bramall Lane that saw him take them from League One all the way to the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce, who is under contract at The Hawthorns until the end of next season, does have a break clause in his contract should the Baggies get relegated, so the two could end up parting ways once the season is finished.
And speaking to Football FanCast, Windass claims that he doesn’t think Allardyce will want to be in charge in the Championship, and that will allow Wilder to slide right into his place in the dugout:
“I’ve heard a massive rumour who’s going to take over – Chrissy Wilder. I don’t know if it’s true, but it’s a rumour on the grapevine.
“I think he’ll be a massive attraction for the board of West Brom, he got Sheffield United out of the Championship. The only reason why I’m saying that is because can you see Big Sam managing in the Championship? No. Chrissy Wilder would take it in a breath.”
Will Allardyce stay at West Brom?
TIF Thoughts on Windass’ comments about Chris Wilder…
Windass seems to think it’s a dead certainty that Allardyce will just step aside when the club are officially relegated, but given Allardyce’s record when it comes to promotions, with two of them into the top flight, the board at West Brom might be convinced to give him a chance to get them back in the Premier League himself.
And if they can promise enough spending and player control to make that happen, then it might be enough to convince Allardyce to stay on if he feels he has the backing of the board and the right weapons at his disposal. So it might be a bit too early to start planning for Wilder to take control of things just yet.