David Wagner rejected West Brom’s efforts to appoint him as their new first-team manager, according to claims from Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett.
The German boss emerged as a target for the Baggies as they sought to replace Darren Moore at the helm quickly, but fresh claims have indicated that he knocked back the Championship side’s attempts to hold talks with him.
Wagner departed Huddersfield Town earlier this year by mutual consent, and the terms of his exit appear to have restricted him from taking up another managerial job until the end of the season.
This clause came as bad news for West Brom, who are looking to install a new boss in the immediate future after parting company with Moore on Saturday evening.
The Baggies sacked the 44-year-old after the team’s 1-1 home draw against Ipswich Town in the Championship.
Replacements are being lined up and considered by West Brom’s board, but it seems any move for Wagner will have to wait until the summer if the club remain determined to land him.
Why Wagner would have been a good appointment for West Brom
West Brom will need a short-term impact if they are to continue their push for promotion. Wagner could have provided this, given his tactical nous and know-how of the Championship.
Premier League experience
Wagner did extremely well to keep Huddersfield in the Premier League during his first season in the top flight, and now has a strong understanding of what it takes to participate in the division. This could be necessary for West Brom.
Wagner boasts a reputation for being a highly promising manager. It’d have been an exciting appointment for the fans, and one that the players would have relished.
Wagner led a limited Huddersfield side up via the play-offs. With West Brom likely to settle for a finish such as this, the German may have been a perfect fit.