Clarke to leave niceties behind at West Brom

New West Bromwich Albion Head Coach Steve Clarke has vowed to put aside his good manners and be as ruthless as necessary in his first managerial posting, the BBC has reported.

Clarke has acted as coach or assistant manager at a number of club, including Chelsea, West Ham United and Liverpool, but was appointed as West Brom boss in succession to England manager Roy Hodgson. The Scot insists he is well aware of the difference between being the assistant manager and being the man in charge, and that he will adjust his approach accordingly.

He said: “I will need to be a bit more selfish now I’m a head coach. I’ll have to be very clear with my ideas. I’ll also have to be a bit more ruthless. When you’re the assistant, you can be nice to almost everybody.” Clarke added that as he is only able to name a squad of 18 – 11 players and seven substitutes – it is inevitable he ends up on the wrong side of some players not named in the party.

Clarke left Liverpool after the appointment of Brendan Rodgers, having served as assistant to Kenny Dalglish, while the 48-year-old also has experience of working under Jose Mourinho and Felipe Scolari at Chelsea and Ruud Gullit at Newcastle United.

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