Report: Celtic-linked Chris Wilder being eyed by West Brom

By David Walton

March 23, 2021

Celtic-linked Chris Wilder is being lined up by West Brom to take over as manager in the summer, the Daily Star reports.

The report states that, should West Brom fail to stay in the English Premier League, Sam Allardyce is likely to leave the club. In this event, Wilder is being lined up to replace him and ensure a swift return to management for the former Sheffield United boss.

Wilder left the Blades less than a fortnight ago after a disagreement with the club’s owners regarding the way forward for the football club [talkSPORT].

Since then, Celtic have been linked with a potential move for him. The Scottish Sun, however, reported yesterday that the Hoops hadn’t made any contact with the Englishman as of yet.

Wilder’s talents have been bigged up in the past by pundits such as Jamie Redknapp. Speaking on Sky Sports Super Sunday last week (14/03, 13:45), Redknapp said: “When I think back to the job that he did, how he played with the back three with the two centre-halves overlapping. It was revolutionary in a way and we don’t expect a manager to do something we haven’t seen before.

“But he’ll bounce back. If I was an owner right now and I’m thinking of a manager to play the right way and get the best out of players, Chris Wilder would be right on top of my list.”

Chris Wilder to West Brom won’t upset the Celtic supporters

Wilder has proven himself to be a fine football manager. That can’t be denied regardless of the fact he isn’t a box-office name as of yet.

He’s achieved two promotions in three years with Sheffield United. In the other year, he was finishing ninth in the Premier League. He has nothing to prove to anyone given how incredible a job he managed in Yorkshire.

However, there’s no denying that Celtic do need a bit of gravitas. Someone who can change the narrative in Glasgow and get the spotlight back on the Bhoys. Wilder wouldn’t do that even if he comes across as a capable football manager. He doesn’t feel as though he represents the level of change in which fans are demanding.

Chris Wilder, formerly of Sheffield United / (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Not when you have the likes of Jesse Marsch talking up the job. Or even someone like Eddie Howe who also achieved miracles with Bournemouth down south.

It’s looking likely that Wilder would have to accept an English Championship post if he returns to management down south. It would be interesting to know how he feels about that and whether WBA would be an enticing enough project for him.

But Celtic fans want something of a blockbuster nature to get behind this summer. Something that represents change similar to how Brendan Rodgers-fever swept through Glasgow in the summer of 2016. Let’s see then if we get just that.

In other news, Celtic are reportedly interested in a “phenom” Championship winger.