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Football: Clarke reveals pain over West Brom sacking

Steve Clarke on Sunday expressed "deep regret" over his abrupt dismissal as manager of West Bromwich Albion and said that he had "unfinished business" at the Premier League club. Clarke was sacked on Saturday, following a run of four consecutive defeats that left the Midlands club two points above the Premier League relegation zone. However, the 50-year-old Scot had led West Brom to an eighth-place finish last season -- their highest in the Premier League era -- and he feels that he deserved more time.

Football: Players shocked by Clarke sacking - Reid

West Bromwich Albion full-back Steven Reid said on Sunday that the club's players had been left in "complete shock" by the abrupt dismissal of head coach Steve Clarke. Clarke was sacked late on Saturday, following a run of four consecutive defeats that left the Midlands club two points above the Premier League relegation zone. The 50-year-old Scot led West Brom to an eighth-place finish last season -- their highest in the Premier League era -- and Reid says that the players had no inkling that he was about to be shown the door.

Football: West Brom sack manager Clarke

Steve Clarke was sacked as West Brom manager on Saturday just hours after the team's 1-0 defeat at Cardiff. The loss, which was their fourth in a row in the Premier League, left the Baggies two points off the relegation places. "We have reluctantly come to the decision to relieve Steve of his duties after very careful consideration," said West Brom technical director Richard Garlick.

Football: West Brom sack coach Clarke

Steve Clarke was sacked as West Brom coach on Saturday just hours after the team's 1-0 defeat at Cardiff. The loss, which was their fourth in a row in the Premier League, left the Baggies two points off the relegation places. "We have reluctantly come to the decision to relieve Steve of his duties after very careful consideration," said West Brom technical director Richard Garlick.

Football: West Brom sack manager Clarke

Steve Clarke was sacked as West Brom manager on Saturday just hours after the team's 1-0 defeat at Cardiff. The loss, which was their fourth in a row in the Premier League, left the Baggies two points off the relegation places. "We have reluctantly come to the decision to relieve Steve of his duties after very careful consideration," said West Brom technical director Richard Garlick.

Football: Anelka ready to return says Clarke

West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke on Thursday revealed Nicolas Anelka is ready to feature in Sunday's clash against Swansea just a week after he contemplated retirement. Anelka was granted compassionate leave seven days ago following the death of agent and friend Eric Manasse, with the grief-stricken French striker suggesting at the time he could quit the game. But after being allowed to clear his head, Anelka was back with West Brom on Wednesday and he resumed training 24 hours later.
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