Jermaine Jenas suggests Sheffield United's Chris Wilder for West Bromwich Albion

Former manager of Crystal Palace and Newcastle, Alan Pardew arrives to work for the media ahead of the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Manchester City at the...

The Sheffield United manager looks set to be overlooked by West Bromwich Albion in favour of Alan Pardew.

Jermaine Jenas of Spurs looks on from the bench during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at White Hart Lane on April 9, 2011 in London, England.

Jermaine Jenas has urged West Bromwich Albion to take a risk with their next managerial appointment, name-checking Sheffield United's Chris Wilder.

Wilder has led Sheffield United to third in the Championship this season, having won promotions from Leagues One and Two with the Blades and Northampton Town respectively during the two previous campaigns.

But despite five Premier League positions having opened up since August, Wilder is not thought to have been approached about any.

Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield United before the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Brentford at Bramall Lane on August 5, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

Three of those jobs have since gone instead to former Premier League managers - Roy Hodgson, Claude Puel and David Moyes -  with West Brom and Everton yet to fill their vacant posts.

The Baggies have, however, been strongly tipped to appoint another in Alan Pardew, and Jenas - the former Aston Villa and England midfielder - told the BBC's Match of the Day on Saturday: "You know exactly what you’re going to get (with Pardew).

"It might be a good start, will that then fade out? I’d like to say somebody take a risk, I really would. You’ve got managers like Chris Wilder doing a fantastic job at Sheffield United.

"It really is (the fear of going down), and everyone’s playing the safe game."

Former manager of Crystal Palace and Newcastle, Alan Pardew arrives to work for the media ahead of the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth and Manchester City at the...

Another ex-England midfielder, Ray Parlour, told Talksport last week that Wilder should ignore any interest that may arrive from West Brom.

"Why does he want that?" said Parlour. "What he’s achieved at Sheffield United is superb.

"Sheffield United is a big, big club - I think he’s got every chance of getting them up again. Three back-to-back promotions would be amazing as a manager."

This is only Wilder's second ever season above the fourth tier as a manager, having learned his trade at Alfreton, Halifax and Oxford United.

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