West Brom are set to miss out on David Wagner


West Brom are set to miss out on David Wagner with the former Huddersfield and Schalke boss poised to join Swiss club Young Boys instead

  • West Bromwich Albion’s ongoing search for a new manager is set to continue 
  • Their primary target, David Wagner, is now poised to join Swiss club Young Boys
  • As a result, they may now turn their attention to former player Derek McInnes 

West Brom’s search for a manager is set to continue with latest target David Wagner now poised to join Swiss club Young Boys.

Wagner had moved into strong contention for the Albion role after the club’s pursuit of their No.1 target Chris Wilder hit the buffers.

But MailOnline understands Wagner, who led Huddersfield to promotion to the Championship in 2017 and kept them in the top flight the following season, is set to be announced as coach of the Swiss champions, who will compete in the Champions League next season.

West Bromwich Albion's ongoing search for a new manager is set to continue with their latest target David Wagner (above) now poised to join Swiss club Young Boys

West Bromwich Albion’s ongoing search for a new manager is set to continue with their latest target David Wagner (above) now poised to join Swiss club Young Boys

Albion may now turn their attentions to former player Derek McInnes, who is currently out of work following an eight-year spell at Aberdeen, which ended in March. He also has experience of the Championship, having managed Bristol City from 2011-13. 

McInnes did an impressive job at Pittodrie, leading Aberdeen to the League Cup in 2014 and three successive second-place finishes behind Celtic between 2015-17.

As a result, West Brom may now turn their attentions to former player Derek McInnes (above)

As a result, West Brom may now turn their attentions to former player Derek McInnes (above)

As a result, West Brom may now turn their attentions to former player Derek McInnes (above)

Chris Wilder (above) had been the first choice ever since Sam Allardyce decided to step away, but for reasons that remain unclear, he was never appointed

Chris Wilder (above) had been the first choice ever since Sam Allardyce decided to step away, but for reasons that remain unclear, he was never appointed

Chris Wilder (above) had been the first choice ever since Sam Allardyce decided to step away, but for reasons that remain unclear, he was never appointed

Wilder had been the first choice ever since Sam Allardyce decided to step away following relegation from the Premier League, but for reasons that remain unclear, he was never appointed.

Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael and Lincoln manager Michael Appleton also have admirers at Albion, although both – unlike McInnes – have compensation clauses in their contracts, which Albion would prefer not to pay.

Ismael performed above expectations by leading Barnsley to the Championship play-offs in 2020-21, and Appleton – another former West Brom player and coach – did the same with Lincoln in League One. Lincoln were beaten in the final by Blackpool while Barnsley were knocked out by Swansea in the semi-finals. 



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