Five potential replacements for Steve Clarke at West Brom

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West Brom are on the look out for a new head coach following Clarke's dismissal. We look at five possibilities to come in at the Hawthorns

After his side's fourth straight loss, West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke has been shown the door by chairman Jeremy Peace following the defeat to Cardiff City. 

Though the wrongs and rights of the decision will likely be debated for many weeks, the simple matter is that the Baggies need a new manager as soon as possible. With the busiest month of Premier League football just half way through, we consider five men that may be on Peace's Christmas wishlist: 

Roberto Di MatteoItalian Di Matteo was the man that took this West Brom team up to the Premier League in 2010, and playing some outstanding football too. Like Clarke, Di Matteo had some good moments in the top flight before a run of bad results saw him controversially sacked. He returned to former club Chelsea though, and spectacularly won the Champions League and FA Cup. If Peace can bury the hatchet, the club may well have a Champions League winning manager at the helm.

Martin JolThe big Dutchman played for West Brom in the early eighties, and though he struggled to make a success of his time at Fulham, Jol is a decent manager, as his records at Spurs and Ajax prove. Would be interesting to see whether the fans react positively to the former player coming back, given his difficulties in London, but I think Jol would love a crack at it.

Stuart Pearce - This might be the sort of club for Stuart Pearce to come into following his long spell as England Under-21 manager. Though he had a difficult spell in charge of Manchester City in his first full management role, the fact that was seven years ago may be long enough time to expect the former England left-back to have learnt a trick or two about coaching. With Under-21 stars such as Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson in the team, maybe Peace will plump for a young English manager.

Ole Gunnar SolskjaerAfter winning the Norwegian league twice in his first two seasons as Molde manager, Manchester United great Solskjaer turned around a difficult start to his third season to win the Norwegian Cup this year. He was in talks for the Villa job before Paul Lambert came in, and now there are strong bets on the Norwegian looking for the right kind of job in England now the Norwegian season has ended. The fact he snubbed Villa would certainly count in his favour among the the Baggies faithful.

Keith Downing - The former Wolves player is the most senior coach left at the club following Clarke and his assistant Kevin Keen's removal. Downing, who was first-team coach under the pair, may have a couple of games to impress, and like any caretaker boss, if he achieves some big results, his name may well be an option. They have a winnable game at home to Hull, before a tough trip to Spurs on Boxing Day - whether Downing is given that long will be the big question. 

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