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West Bromwich Albion- Bagging the title

Started on 22 September 2013 by edu1878
Latest Reply on 28 October 2013 by patrick1
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9 yearsEdited

West Bromwich Albion

Nickname: The Baggies

Founded: 1878

Ground: The Hawthorns

Capacity: 26,200

Chairman: Jeremy Peace

Division: Barclays Premier League



Good start edu, and good luck too :)
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Clarke to take charge at The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion have finally announced who will become their new manager today, after several weeks manager less. It has taken time, but Baggies fans can be excited about the future at the club, with former Liverpool Assistant Manager and Scotland international Steve Clarke being the man chosen the take the helm. While he is unproven at this level, West Brom chairman Jeremy Pearce has come out and stated his support for Clarke, as well as his optimism for the clubs future under the direction of their new manager. When asked for his opinion, Jeremy Pearce had this to say “It only took a few minutes to make my decision (re Clarke). The first thing he said to me when brought into the interview process was that he would take this club to the title. While we both knew this would take time, both the club and Mr Clarke were eager to get this process underway. As a result of this, we are pleased to announce that Stephen Clarke will take over the role of manager at West Bromwich Albion Football Club, on a deal that will take him through to the end of the 2012-2013 season.” With this said, Throstles fans have much to look forward to, but what will be the end result of the Steve Clarke reign at the Hawthorns?
He's a great manager, I think Mourinho is supposed to be a big fan of him, which says it all.
Walter:I can see why
Good luck edu!

An Interview with Steve Clarke

JB: Hello and welcome to an Albion Player special. I'm John Bean, and with me today is the club's new manager, Steve Clarke.

JB: John Bean
SC: Steve Clarke

JB: First of all, welcome steve, it's a pleasure to be doing the first interview with you.

SC:Thank you, and it's great to be here.

JB: What is it like to be the manager, the top job?

SC: It is great, but very different to the 2ic role I am used to. Despite this, I am looking forward to my years in charge at West Brom, and whatever happens after my time at the Hawthorns is up.

JB: What are your first impressions of WBA?

SC: On first impressions, it is a great club, with a decent squad. The infrastructure and facilities are great, but they could be improved, along with the stadium eventually. In terms of the squad, it is a strong one, but like the rest of the club, there is room for improvement.

JB: What are your goals for the club?

SC: My goals for the club are to become self-sustainable in terms of the youth academy and recruitment, as well as pushing forward, and up the table to the top. But all in all, I just want to establish West Brom as a BPL mainstay.

JB: What style of football will you be encouraging?

SC: Attractive, attacking, flowing football, but only in the right situations. I mean, you can’t go to Old Trafford or Stamford Bridge and expect to be able to attack from the opening whistle can you.

JB: You’re right about that. Onto the next question, where do you think you can finish this season?

SC: Ideally, in the European places. But I know this may not be possible, so I would like for the side to push for a top half finish, maybe putting some pressure on the like of Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle for a spot in Europe.

JB: Have you learnt any tips from previous bosses?

SC: Do what is best for the club, and for the fans.

JB: Who do you see to be the key player for your team this season?

SC: I feel that we have a few key players, and I don’t like to single anyone out, as at the end of the day, eleven players go out as a team to try and win the football match.

JB: What are your managerial ambitions?

SC: To go as high as I can. Whether or not that is with West Brom is something that will only be revealed in the future.

JB: Thank you very much for that Steve. And there you have it folks, new WBA manager Steve Clarke’s thoughts onto the club, his future and the BPL.
Arvind: Thanks Arvind!
Was very fun giving you questions and interviewing you edu, and I think you used the questions in the update superbly, keep it up :)
Walter: Thanks for the comment and the questions. I did use them very well indeed.
It's a very well written press conference and start. I wish you the best of luck. I hope you do very well. Will you be looking to bring some loan signings in, say, Lukaku, or relying on your home-grown teenagers as substitutes?
Initially, I will be looking to signings I have made, whether loan or permanent. Eventually however, I want to be able to produce the next several generations of footballers for the England side.

Throstles Sign Two, Sell Four.

West Bromwich Albion have today announced the sale of four players, and the purchase of two. In terms of out goings, the four players in question Jerome Thomas, Peter Odemwingie, Billy Jones and Gareth Mcauley for fees of 3 million, 3.6 million, 3.2 million and 2 million pounds respectively. The two players linking up with the first team squad today are Jores Okore and David Templeton for fees of 1 million, and 190 thousand pounds.

Jores Okore was the first signing to be announced, with him joining the Baggies from Danish club FC Nordsjaelland. He joins the club for a fee of 1 million pounds, and will be on a contract valued at 7 and a half thousand pounds a week until the end of the 2016 season. He joins from the club where he made 11 appearances, and is eager to make his mark on the Premier League.

David Templeton was Steve Clarke’s second signing of the transfer window, with the throstles manager getting his man for a fee of 190 thousand pounds from Scottish club Rangers FC. He joins on a 6 and a half thousand pound per week contract until the end of the 2015 season. David made 67 appearances at Hearts before joining Rangers, were he failed to make an appearance.

The four departures leave the club for a combined 11.8 million pounds, and will head for four different clubs. Jerome Thomas will link up with BPL club Southampton, while Gareth Mcauley will join Npower Championship club Wolverhampton. The other two players will head overseas, with Peter Odemwingie signing for Italian club Inter Milan, and Billy Jones signing for German club Wolfsburg.
Jores Okore, despite his small height, will be class for you. Great update.
Walter: Thanks, I hope he is.

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