West Brom Albion named former Chelsea and West Ham assistant manager Steve Clarke to take over as coach to replace Roy Hodgson, who is running England’s national soccer team.
Clarke, 48, signed a two-year contract, the Premier League team said today in a statement on its website. He worked as assistant manager at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, Newcastle, and West Ham and was first-team coach at Liverpool.
“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 regards he is held in within the game,” West Brom sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth said in the statement.
Clarke is Scottish, and started his playing career at St. Mirren before joining Chelsea, where he made 421 appearances and won the F.A. and League cups. He retired in 1998.
Hodgson left West Brom at the end of last season to take over England. The team finished in 10th place in the 20-team Premier League last season.
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