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Clarke's Deep Regret At Sacking

Former head coach Steve Clarke has talked about his 'deep regret' at being sacked by West Bromwich Albion last night.

I'm tempted to try and make some light of it, as I assume any readers will know my thoughts given what I put last night, so in that vain I bet he would have regrets being placed on gardening leave at this time of year. It's bloody freezing and short of a bit of pruning, what else can you do in the garden?

No, not really funny, and neither is his obvious disappointment at being relieved of his duties.

In quotes carried by The Independent Clarke talks about having 'unfinished business' at the club and his belief that despite us going through a sticky spell he really thought things would turn around for us again in the coming weeks and his belief that he would be a success at The Hawthorns.

'I believe I have unfinished business at West Brom so it is with deep regret that I was relieved of my duties as head coach. I could not have been better prepared for my first job in management after over 14 years coaching experience, learning from some of the great managers in the modern era. It was a certainly a challenge to succeed Roy Hodgson.'

That seems to have been the key point, the club focus on our form this calender year which conveniently ignores our form at the start of last season, the job he did to keep us balanced until other factors hit the club in January, and it also ignores the performances and some of the results so far this campaign.

It also ignores the fact we are bedding in a number of players, and not least Clarke was showing faith and biding time with Saido Berahino and sometimes in football you have to look long term.

We've took long enough to be an established Premiership side, is a bit of patience something really now beyond us? But I suppose that's the modern game, setting a standard too high like we did last season and then assuming we will easily live up to that despite bedding new players in, has ultimately cost Clarke and that's clearly his own belief.

'Going into this season expectations were high, perhaps unrealistically so, but with it still being only our fourth consecutive season in the top flight, our primary objective had to be establishing our status in the league. I was, and remain, convinced that we were well placed to achieve this aim.'

I think I said at the start of the season, the aim had to be trying to at least match what we did last year, come out as top dogs again and continue to build on last term, but wouldn't anyone have taken mid table again knowing that we did over achieve in the first half of the campaign and then under achieve in the second half?

We seem to have opened the stable door again here before we even finished building the walls. That made more sense in my head.

I wish you well Steve, you did far better than I thought you would, even though I was one of the confident ones that the wheels wouldn't fall off given your lack of experience in the hotseat itself.

I imagine Clarke's career will show we lost a bloody good man here.

We just have to hope the next appointment can have the same impact really now, as despite January approaching, that will be more upheaval in the playing staff under a new gaffer and they will still need time to bed in. Seemingly something we can't allow.

And it was only last month there was talk of a contract in due course. Maybe more should've been read into that with the benefit of hindsight?

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Writer: Baggy Boy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 15 2013

Time: 10:30PM

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I do feel genuine sympathy for Clarke, as you really haven't had the rid of the green at times this season, however if you are going to make a rash decision, make that decision early. What Odds on Zola, now he has left watford?

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