Baggies bag new boss Clarke
Steve Clarke has been appointed the new Head Coach of West Bromwich Albion on a two-year deal, replacing former manager Roy Hodgson.
The 48 year-old Scotsman penned the deal earlier this morning, sealing his chance to become the manager of a Premier League club after a highly successful coaching career, working under the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Jose Mourinho and Ruud Gullit respectively.
West Brom Sporting & Technical Director, Dan Ashworth, told the club’s website: "I'm delighted to welcome Steve to the Club.”
"We firmly believe we have appointed the right man to keep the club moving forward.” The reaction seems positive on twitter from the West Brom fans, @55kag tweeting: “Welcome to The Brom... Steve Clarke!!! #boingboing.”
However the appointment has been met with scepticism by the fans at other clubs. Norwich fan @Edward_Jacobs_ stating: “Steve Clarke the new West Brom manager. I honestly think Norwich have appointed the better candidate. WBA will regret not paying up for him.” Suggesting the new Norwich boss Chris Hughton is the better manager of the two. Hughton of course himself a promising coach in the premier league and Tottenham before landing the Newcastle job and bringing them up from the Championship.
"He is a talented British coach who has served his time in the trenches as a No.2 in order to get an opportunity to be in sole charge of a team - and we are delighted to give him that chance.”
The ex-Liverpool coach will be looking to buck the trend of assistants that have been promoted and failed as managers in recent times such as Terry Connor at Wolves and Sammy Lee at Bolton a few years ago.
But Clarke can take confidence in his friend Roberto Di Matteo at Chelsea after his promotion from assistant to Head Coach. Di Matteo replaced Andre Villas Boas and went on to win the FA Cup and the Champions League last season after his promotion from an assistant role.
Clarke made over 300 appearances as a player for Chelsea before joining the coaching staff at Stamford Bridge. On hearing the news Chelsea tweeted: “Congratulations to former Chelsea man Steve Clarke on his appointment at West Brom. #CFC.” wishing their former man well.
Clarke has been renowned as an excellent assistant at Premier League clubs for a number of years but he now must prove himself in the main role at the Hawthorns next season.