The Championship table should make embarrassing reading for West Bromwich Albion

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Reading are flying high under the stewardship of former West Brom boss Steve Clarke.

West Bromwich Albion have had an indifferent start to the season. A recent run of three defeats saw them slip down the table but a win against Sunderland has seen them climb back up into 13th place in the table.

The club have struggled in recent times to get their managerial appointments right across the board.

Pepe Mel struggled and Alan Irvine was a disaster. They seem to have got it right with Tony Pulis now, with safety in the Premier League looking likely this term, but you do have to wonder if they are really better off since sacking Steve Clarke in December 2013?

In the near-two years since not much has improved at West Brom and Clarke's sacking seemed harsh at the time.

One look at The Championship also contradicts the decision to sack Clarke.

He has worked on a shoestring at Reading this summer. The Berkshire club lost the spine of their team with Adam Federici, Alex Pearce and Jem Karacan all leaving. However, he has moulded a great looking side together who are now looking like genuine promotion contenders - sitting third in the Championship on 22 points from 12 games.

Clarke is clearly a great coach and whilst Pulis is doing a good job of his own, it is fair to say West Brom might have progressed further if they had just stuck by Clarke.

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