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David Wagner’s arrival as West Bromwich Albion's new boss isn’t – in itself – so much of a problem.
It’s been greeted with an overwhelming sense of anti-climax by the support-base at the Hawthorns who probably expected a better track record, a sprinkling of stardust and rock-solid coaching credentials.
Just one of those three features would have been acceptable, but there you go.
In fairness, you could mount an argument for the Jurgen Klopp disciple based on his experience with Huddersfield Town, rather more than for his disappearance without trace at his most recent job with Schalke.
But then you could construct a case in favour of Roy Hodgson, Frank Lampard, Michael Appleton, Chris Hughton or several other managers that were on the list to replace Sam Allardyce.
David Wagner will manage West Brom next season
And certainly you should be able to see your way to appointing Chris Wilder, a man who was held in such regard by the club’s sporting director Luke Dowling, that he tried to prise him from Sheffield United before he eventually turned to Slaven Bilic.
But no, it’s Wagner – a man who comes once more to these shores with plenty to prove. As he did when he pitched up as an unknown in west Yorkshire.
He’s now not an unknown quantity, having pieced together a Terriers’ side that was the surprise package of the 2016-17 campaign, earning a Premier League spot following a hugely forgettable play-off final triumph over Reading.
And he kept them there, too. Before the wheels fell off in spectacular fashion 12 months later. It’s better left unsaid what took place at Schalke. ‘Carnage’ perhaps best describes it.
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As far as West Brom is concerned, it’s not so much that Wagner has been chosen. But who he has been chosen by that is the issue.
Top of Dowling’s list was Wilder. To the point where discussions over salary had been held.
Someone, somewhere – for an as yet unspecified reason – threw a black ball into the bag and the ex-Blades’ boss was out of the running.
To give this context, you need to examine the make-up at the Hawthorns.
The departure – perhaps premature – of chief executive Mark Jenkins last season removed one significant block of football knowledge from the decision-making process.
Luke Dowling (right) wanted Chris Wilder to take over from Sam Allardyce
The retirement of comms’ director Martin Swain – another with 40-plus years in and around the professional game – is another.
All of which has weakened the base of expertise within the club. It’s not a good sign.
The owner, Guochuan Lai, has been absent almost since the day of the takeover, leaving Jenkins’ successor, Xu Ke, known as ‘Ken’ to run the club.
One of the objections to Wilder then, came from the top. But, more importantly, they over-rode Dowling’s prime recommendation.
Normally, it’s a sign that an agent has got into the ear of someone influential and sold them his client’s vision for a brighter future.
Down the road in Small Heath, that kind of path has already led to destruction at Birmingham City. Earlier this week, St Andrew’s was finally sold off as the club struggled under the weight of a debt that now stands at over £120m.
It has been run up, chiefly, by agents getting into the ears of decision-makers, selling them a dream and then, surprisingly, failing to deliver upon it. Come the day of reckoning, strangely, they’re nowhere to be seen.
These agents are allowed to exert such influence because people playing at Championship football believed they knew better than those who have already banked experience within it.
West Brom aren’t in any financial danger. But the pressure to deliver Premier League football is very clear. The owner wants to sell. It’s far easier to do so – and far more profitable – if the Baggies are in the top-flight.
Wagner’s name wouldn’t have been at the top of the list for many, if any, West Brom fans.
But the bigger picture is the story behind the decision. It hints at cracks.
And, as anyone in the game will tell you, it doesn’t take much for those to widen.