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Clarke’s dismissal due to poor 2013, say West Brom

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By Stephen Donovan

Sunday 15 December 2013

West Bromwich Albion Sporting and Technical Director Richard Garlick has explained that the reasons behind Head Coach Steve Clarke’s sacking was due to the club’s poor record throughout 2013, writes their official website.

Steve Clarke

The decision to place Clarke on gardening leave was taken following Saturday’s defeat at Cardiff City, which was the Baggies’ fourth consecutive loss in the Premier League, leaving them in 15th position, just two points clear of the relegation zone.

Clarke was given his first ever role as a Head Coach last summer by West Brom, and he led them to a highly impressive eighth-placed finish, the best they have ever managed in the Premier League era. However, in the 34 top-flight games they have played in 2013, Albion have taken just 31 points, winning just seven, including just three from 16 this season.

In a statement, Garlick said: “We have reluctantly come to the decision to relieve Steve of his duties after very careful consideration. It has been well documented that we have not had the rub of the green in certain games this season but that does not cloud the generally disappointing points return during this calendar year, culminating in today’s fourth-successive defeat at Cardiff.

‘With key games coming thick and fast, we felt it was important we acted now to give the Club the best possible chance of a successful outcome this season.

“Our player wage bill is the highest in the Club’s history and we feel we have built a squad capable of being very competitive in the Premier League.

"We now begin the search to find a new Head Coach who will work within our existing structure, which has been in place for the past six years.”

While West Brom look for a new boss, joint-assistant Head Coach Keith Downing will take temporary control of first-tem affairs.

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