Ashworth: Clarke's the man

08 June 2012 05:25
New head coach backed to succeed

Dan Ashworth believes Albion has appointed the right man in Steve Clarke to continue where Roy Hodgson left.

Clarke was appointed as Hodgson’s successor this morning as Albion’s new head coach.

Despite him not having any previous managerial experience, Sporting and Technical Director Ashworth believes Clarke’s education in the game will serve the Baggies well.

"I'm delighted to welcome Steve to the club,” he said.

"We firmly believe we have appointed the right man to keep the club moving forward.

"After Roy was appointed as England manager, we cast the net far and wide to identify the most suitable candidate to fill his shoes.

"From the outset, we decided to pursue candidates who are renowned for their coaching ability and Steve was very much at the forefront of our thoughts because of the clubs he has worked at and the high regard he is held in within the game.

"After holding talks with Steve, he emerged as the outstanding candidate.

"Steve has worked alongside and learned from some top managers and, most importantly, he knows the Premier League inside out and what it takes to succeed at this level.

"He is a talented British coach who has served his time in the trenches as a No.2 in order to get an opportunity to be in sole charge of a team - and we are delighted to give him that chance.

"Steve has a real hunger and drive to succeed as a No.1 and is excited about the ongoing project we have at the club.

"We also have a structure in place that will hopefully give Steve the support he needs to carry on the success we have enjoyed over the past three seasons."

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