Despite that poor record, he guided the Baggies to their best ever Premier League finish - and their highest finish since 1981 - by claiming eighth place at the end of the 2012/13 season. An impressive record for his only job in full-time management, Clarke had previously worked at Newcastle United, Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool as a coach, learning under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge during the Portuguese coach’s first spell in charge.
Having also played for the Blues as a right-back, he is held in high regard in West London, but he left Stamford Bridge to link up with former teammate Gianfranco Zola at West Ham, before moving to Liverpool to work under Brendan Rodgers - who also worked together for the Blues.
He is set to be named the new manager of Championship side Reading, replacing Nigel Adkins who left the club yesterday following a 6-1 defeat to Birmingham which left the Berkshire club in 16th place - with 25 points from 21 games. As reported by the Reading Chronicle, Clarke was holding talks with the Royals this morning, and has all but agreed to take the reigns as the club look to secure a return to the Premier League.