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Thursday 14 June 2012

Jones: Clarke will shine at West Brom

Baggies defender hails new manager Steve Clarke as a 'proven winner'

New Baggies boss Steve Clarke rose to prominence as Jose Mourinho's assistant at Chelsea

West Brom defender Billy Jones says the club have made a good choice in naming Steve Clarke as the new manager.

Clarke, who has had spells as assistant manager at Newcastle United, Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool, was named as Roy Hodgson's successor last week.

The 48-year-old, a former Chelsea and St Mirren defender, has been a coach since 1998 and has worked alongside some of the most accomplished managers in football such as Jose Mourinho, Sir Bobby Robson and Kenny Dalglish.

"I was pleased the club appointed somebody who knows the Premier League"
- Billy Jones

And Jones told West Brom's official website that Clarke's appointment is a real boost for the club.

"I'm really happy with the appointment," said the 25-year-old right-back. "The new gaffer has a great CV and he's worked with some great managers.

"Their influence will have no doubt rubbed off on him. Working with all those great people will have taught him a lot and I'm sure he has learnt something from all of them.

"Who else can claim to have worked with more top-class managers than him?"

Clarke has a wealth of experience in the Barclays Premier League, assisting a total of six managers and giving his advice in nearly 500 senior matches.

His coaching honours include two Barclays Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two Carling Cup victories with Chelsea, while he was at Anfield when Liverpool secured the Carling Cup in February.

Proven winner

"I was pleased the club appointed somebody who knows the Premier League and is already aware of our team," added Jones, who made 18 League appearances for the Baggies last season.

"Obviously, he watched us at least twice last season at The Hawthorns and at Anfield, and I'm sure he is already well aware of what our club is all about, as all clubs scout other Premier League teams.

"I'm looking forward to seeing how he does undertake training and how hands on he will be. I want to learn off him and improve as a player under him.

"I think the players will listen to his ideas and try to adopt them. If we do that, it should be another successful year.

"He has had success with the clubs he has been at and he was also successful as a player. He is a proven winner."

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Key Points

  • West Brom defender Billy Jones praises Steve Clarke appointment
  • Clarke was named as Baggies boss last week
  • Jones looking forward to working with the former Chelsea assistant manager