Steve Clarke has yet to be offered a new contract at West Bromwich Albion according to reports in this morning’s Daily Mirror.
Clarke was given an initial two year deal when he joined the club in the summer of 2012 but according to the report in the Mirror, Baggies Chairman Jeremy Peace has yet to open talks over a new contract.
If this is to the case then it seems to be madness on the part of the hierarchy at The Hawthorns.
Clarke did a terrific job in his first season in charge at the club, and the job he has done so far this season doesn’t seem to be too shabby either.
In his first season he led West Brom to eighth place, their highest league finish since 1981. On his way to that league finish his side did the double of Liverpool, wins against Everton and Chelsea.
This season has already seen him beat the champions in Manchester United at Old Trafford, hold Arsenal at home as well as coming within seconds of ending his ex-boss Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten home record at Stamford Bridge in the league.
West Brom’s style of play has been positive under Clarke, they keep the ball well and always look like a well drilled side. There is no apparent sense of fear when they go into games away from home.
Having worked under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea for a successful period, as well as having a small spell at Liverpool as Kenny Dalglish’s number two.
Though he may be relatively new to management, having worked under several managers and described as ‘more than ready’ by one of them to be the main man in the dugout, it is staggering that West Brom would allow this situation to develop.
He has a tremendous pedigree as a number two and is showcasing just how much he has learnt so far at The Hawthorns. The West Brom board would be wise to offer him a new deal and quickly, because he is only going to keep developing and improving as a manager.
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