Friday 08 June 2012
West Bromwich Albion have named former Liverpool coach Steve Clarke as their new manager.
Clarke, replaces Roy Hodgson, who left at the start of May to take charge of the England national team.
The 48-year-old, who has also worked at Newcastle United, Chelsea and West Ham United, has signed a two-year contract at the Hawthorns.
West Brom's sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth said he believed Clarke would move the club forward.
"Steve knows the Premier League inside out and what it takes to succeed at this level"
- Dan Ashworth
"After Roy was appointed as England manager, we cast the net far and wide to identify the most suitable candidate to fill his shoes," he told West Brom's website.
"From the outset, we decided to pursue candidates who are renowned for their coaching ability and Steve was very much at the forefront of our thoughts because of the clubs he has worked at and the high regard he is held in within the game."
"After holding talks with Steve, he emerged as the outstanding candidate.
"Steve has worked alongside and learned from some top managers and, most importantly, he knows the Premier League inside out and what it takes to succeed at this level."
Clarke has worked as a coach since 1998 and rose to prominence during his four years at Chelsea when he worked alongside Jose Mourinho during a highly-successful period for the club.
Clarke was at Stamford Bridge for two of Chelsea's Barclays Premier League title wins, in 2004/05 and 2005/06.
Clarke began his playing career at St Mirren before moving to Stamford Bridge, where he made 421 appearances in total - 160 in the Premier League.
He retired from playing after Chelsea's European Cup Winners' Cup success against Stuttgart in Stockholm in 1998.
Ashworth added: "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.
"Steve has a real hunger and drive to succeed as a No.1 and is excited about the ongoing project we have at the club."