Steve Clarke was sacked as head coach of West Brom on Saturday after just one win in 10 and a 1-0 defeat to Cardiff which left them in 16th place in the Premier League.
“Albion have won only seven of their 34 Premier League games during the calendar year – a 20% win rate yielding a total of only 31 points – despite a substantial investment in the first-team squad,” said a tersely-worded club statement.
West Brom have badly missed the presence up front of Romelu Lukaku, now running amok at Everton. But most fans and the football community still reacted with shock…
— shane long (@Shanelong009) December 14, 2013
— the Ireland striker after the game but before the sacking.
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) December 14, 2013
— his team-mate Saido Berahino tweeted, deleted, then said sorry, but was still screen-shotted.
Steve Clarke will now help Chelsea win the league.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) December 14, 2013
So who's next up for the West Brom job? Neil Lennon seems to be getting quite restless at Celtic….
— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) December 14, 2013
Who will West Brom get better than Steve Clarke? They're going down now I reckon
— Rhys John (@TheRhysJohn) December 14, 2013
Our decision to sack Steve Clarke is bizarre, don't think it should have been done but then again we haven't been getting the points sooo
— katessss△. (@katiemaay_) December 14, 2013
Surprised at the sacking of Steve Clarke. Poor run of results and missing Lukaku this season, but couldn't see him taking them down #ncfc
— Richard Balls (@RichardBalls) December 14, 2013
West Brom fans have been left with a list of candidates which veers dramatically from the sublime (Roberto Di Matteo) to the ridiculous (Paolo Di Canio). There’s also an interesting 16/1 — highly-rated Burnley manager Sean Dyche.
Here’s what one clued-in PP football trader had to say: “Di Matteo is the obvious candidate. Jol seems popular but I don’t think WBA will go for him after his uninspiring time at Fulham. One from left-field — Neil Lennon. Nothing to play for at Celtic for the remainder of the season and could be a cheap-enough option for a Premier League club. Probably won’t leave mid-season, but not out of the question if they came looking for him.
So, who’s the favourite to fill the Burton suit of the former Chelsea man at the Hawthorns?
Here are the latest odds on the next permanent West Brom manager from Paddy Power. Hic.
- Roberto Di Matteo 2/1
- Martin Jol 15/2
- Ralf Rangnick 12/1
- Avram Grant 14/1
- Paolo Di Canio 14/1
- Stuart Pearce 14/1
- Sean Dyche 16/1
- Darren Ferguson 20/1
- Gianfranco Zola 25/1
- Harry Redknapp 25/1
- Jackie McNamara 25/1