David Wagner will not be West Bromwich Albion’s next manager after talks between the former Terriers boss and the Baggies break down.
Sky Sports reports that Wagner will travel to Switzerland instead to fill the vacant leadership position with the Bern-based Young Boys.
The former Huddersfield Town boss has been out of work since leaving Schalke last September after 14 months on the job.
Reports had suggested that West Brom was in the process of hiring Wagner as Sam Allardyce’s successor, but that would now appear to be irrelevant.
It could mean the Baggies are now looking to former Preston North End and Norwich City manager Alex Neil.
Reports suggest Wagner should instead be named as a replacement for Gerardo Seoane at Young Boys following his appointment as manager at Bayer Leverkusen.
The Young Boys won the Swiss Super League last season, beating Basel for the title with 31 points.
This qualifies them to enter the Champions League in the second qualifying round, giving Wagner his first foray into European competition as a manager.
Wagner was an extremely popular and successful figure at John Smith Stadium during his three and a half years at the helm.
He took the club to the Premier League in their first full season as manager and achieved an equally miraculous feat in helping them stay in their first season in the competition.
Unfortunately, the club’s form suffered a dip in his second year in the Premier League and he left the club by mutual agreement in January 2019 to be replaced by Jan Siewert.
Wagner’s debut at Schalke started well, but appalling form in the second half of the 2019/20 season continued into the final campaign and he was quickly removed from his post.
Wagner’s sacking did not improve the club’s fortunes and they ended up at the bottom of the Bundesliga.