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.